Review by Choice Review
Crook (Anglia Polytechnic Univ., UK) supervised Pickering's eight-volume Novels and Selected Works of Mary Shelley (CH, Jan'97), the first collected edition of Shelley's fiction; with these four volumes, she makes the remainder of her works available in a uniform edition. None of these works had been given academic attention before, and some are published here for the first time. Volumes 1-3 contain Literary Lives, dozens of brief biographies of Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and French writers from the Middle Ages to Shelley's day. Volume 4 comprises the long "Life of William Godwin," 20 poems, and some uncollected short fiction, nonfiction, translations, and fragments. The edition is impressive in every way: the textual editing is meticulous and scholarly, drawing on both manuscripts and early printed sources; the annotations identify hundreds of sources; the introductions are informative; the index is admirably thorough. The audience for these little-known works will likely be limited to researchers, but even so the extravagant price will unfortunately keep the set from reaching a wider readership. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. J. T. Lynch Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark
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