The Complete Poems
408 Pages / 6.12 x 9.25 x 0.82 in / 2 halftones
- Paperback /
- 9780807171745 /
- Published: June 2019
The Complete Poems contains every poem that John Crowe Ransom wrote, including his three books—Poems About God, Chills and Fever, and Two Gentlemen in Bonds—as well as the additional poems that appeared in the three editions of his Selected Poems. The volume also collects poems that were published only in newspapers and magazines, as well as a handful of poems that Ransom left in manuscript at the time of his death.
This variorum edition establishes the definitive text of each poem, collating Ransom’s elaborate revisions, which he carried out throughout his lifetime. Detailed annotations identify sources, parse obscure allusions, and highlight the archaic language central to Ransom’s poetic technique. Edited by Ashby Bland Crowder, this volume constitutes an authoritative scholarly edition of Ransom’s poetry, providing an essential resource for the study of twentieth-century American literature.
This well-documented edition of the Ransom canon is long overdue and a welcome contribution to the history of mid-twentieth century American letters. All academic libraries should own it. Ransom’s poems are lapidary in their economy and stylistic elegance and have stood the test of time in the face of the ever-changing vicissitudes of what Karl Shapiro used to call ‘po biz.’ It’s wonderful to have them back again in their unique and curious glory. ~William Collins Watterson, Edward Little Professor of the English Language and Literature, Bowdoin College
This collection of Ransom’s poems is a splendid accomplishment, equipped with all the apparatus befitting the standard edition it will become even while showcasing the poems in an uncluttered format. A rare device, it will be essential to scholar and general reader alike. ~Michael Bright, editor of The Complete Works of Robert Browning, vols. XI and XIV