We are very pleased to announce the publication of The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth, co-edited by Richard Gravil and our own Daniel Robinson. This major work of scholarship represents the culmination of several years of research, writing, and collaboration with over 40 internationally renowned Wordsworthians. The collection joins a series that includes titles on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Milton, and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
While the emphasis is naturally on Wordsworth’s poetry, readers will also find essays on Wordsworth and science, Wordsworth and humanism, Wordsworth and landscape, and an extended section on “The Recluse,” the poet’s great unfinished work, which includes several essays on The Prelude. Several enlightening biographical essays are offered as well, examining Wordsworth and friendship (most famously with Coleridge) and Wordsworth as a professional author.
Professor Robinson, in addition to editing the volume, penned several essays: “Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, 1798,” “The River Duddon and Wordsworth, Sonneteer,” and the introductory pieces in collaboration with co-editor Richard Gravil.
An invaluable resource for scholars and students alike, the collection brings together essentials of Wordsworth criticism as well as new trends in the field. For her part, this reader looks forward to delving into “Wordsworth’s Ethical Thinking,” “Wordsworth and Twentieth-Century Poets,” and “Wordsworth in Modern Literary Criticism.” Congratulations to Professor Robinson!