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The Prelude: 1799, 1805, 1850 (Norton Critical Editions)

The Prelude: 1799, 1805, 1850 (Norton Critical Editions)
Author: William Wordsworth
ISBN 13: 9780393090710
ISBN 10: 39309071
Edition: 1St Edition
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1979-12-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 704
List Price: N/A

This volume is the first to present Wordsworth's great poem in all three of its forms. It reprints, on facing pages, the version of The Prelude that was completed in 1805, together with the much-revised work published after the poets death in 1850. In addition, the editors include the two-part version of the poem, composed in 1798-99. Each of these poems possesses distinctive qualities and values; to read them together provides an incomparable chance to observe a great poet composing and re-composing, throughout a long life, his major work.