The Poetical Works of Joaquin Miller

The Poetical Works of Joaquin Miller

The Poetical Works of Joaquin Miller

The Poetical Works of Joaquin Miller

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The justification of this edition, undertaken with the approval of Mrs. Miller, is that for the first time it exhibits the full range of Joaquin Miller's poetical works in a single volume. The Bear edition in six volumes, which he had prepared in his later years, must be regarded as an interesting but somewhat chaotic personal repository rather than as a definitive popular edition. Following his text and his general plan, yet with numerous rearrangements and additions, I have reprinted here all the poems which he gathered into that storehouse; but in the interests of condensation and coherence have omitted his shredded memoirs, his four plays in prose, his essays and his sheaf of press notices, and have greatly abridged his copious running commentary. In compensation I have added more than fifty poems which he discarded or overlooked but which are either of intrinsic merit or of value to the student of his development. The whole of the rare Portland volume, Joaquin, Et Al., is reprinted from the original text, except "Joaquin" and "Benoni," which Miller had revised and incorporated in Songs of the Sierras. The Fallen Leaves series is restored from the American edition of Songs of the Sun-Lands, 1873, except in the case of Thomas of Tigre, Yosemite, and Dead in the Sierras, where the text of the Bear edition is followed. The other principal additions are the series from Shadows of Shasta and from The Building of the City Beautiful; and Light of the Southern Cross, printed from a pamphlet supplied by Mrs. Miller, to whom and to her daughter Juanita I am indebted for various information contained in the Introduction.

S. P. S.

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