Collection : The Cornell Wordsworth

General editor: Stephen Maxfield Parrish

The Cornell Wordsworth concluded in 2007, having published twenty-one volumes of editions of the poems of William Wordsworth over a span of thirty-two years. The origin of the series can be traced to Stephen Maxfield Parrish's work with the microfilms of the Wordsworth maunscripts from Dove Cottage in the early 1960s. Citing Jonathan Wordsworth's remark that "most great poets are known by the best versions of their works; Wordsworth is almost exclusively known by his worst," Parrish had reached the conclusion that the long tradition in English studies that honored the final lifetime version of literary works and the inevitable omissions and errors of transcription of manuscripts by editors combined to bring about this state in modern editions of Wordsworth's texts. He thus proposed a new edition of Wordsworth's poetry that would feature "some of the early notebooks as notebooks" that included "long early poems that have not anywhere appeared in the first published form." Parrish and John Alban Finch refined the proposal, which featured a clean reading text based on the earliest finished holograph version of each work, transcriptions "unencumbered by a detailed apparatus criticus." Such a presentation, Finch argued, "would mark a new departure in Wordsworthian scholarship and create for the Cornell series an interest and importance beyond that of any earlier edition."

For a complete history of The Cornell Wordsworth History, written by Jared Curtis, click here.

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The Excursion
William Wordsworth
"I am convinced that there are three things to rejoice at in this Age—The Excursion Your Pictures, and Hazlitt's depth of Taste."—John Keats to Benjamin Robert Haydon "I have been reading Wordsworth's Excursion with many tears and prayers too. To me...



Sonnet Series and Itinerary Poems, 1820–1845
William Wordsworth
This volume of The Cornell Wordsworth contains eight collections of poems, mostly sonnets, published between 1820 and 1845. The River Duddon is a series of sonnets describing an imagined journey. Ecclesiastical Sketches, by far the largest group in...



Last Poems, 1821–1850
William Wordsworth
This book presents much of Wordsworth's poetic output from the last three decades of his life. Approximately two hundred poems are featured, including On the Power of Sound, the sequence of Evening Voluntaries, and the poet's tributes to the dead...






Early Poems and Fragments, 1785–1797
William Wordsworth
This volume is made up of work from the beginning of Wordsworth's career, when he was a Hawkshead schoolboy, until the end of his time at Racedown in mid-1797. Like other volumes in The Cornell Wordsworth series, this book is based on detailed study...






Peter Bell
William Wordsworth



Descriptive Sketches
William Wordsworth



An Evening Walk
William Wordsworth



The Borderers
William Wordsworth



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