The Poems of Gray and Collins

The Poems of Gray and Collins

The Poems of Gray and Collins

The Poems of Gray and Collins

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MR. Austin Lane Poole, who was responsible for this edition of the Poems of Thomas Gray when it was first published in 1917, has for many years been occupied in medieval studies and did not wish to undertake the work of revision, which is now considered necessary. The plan of his edition, which is still followed, was to print the poems from the best available texts, to prefix to each poem a note stating the source from which the text was derived, what manuscripts, if any, are extant, and giving details of its first publication. Notes are added at the end of the book to record the most important variants in Gray's manuscripts or in transcripts from his manuscripts. The original version of the Elegy is printed in an Appendix and a second Appendix discusses Gray's removal from Peterhouse to Pembroke College.

For the purpose of his work Mr. Poole was given access to the Gray manuscripts at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and at Eton College, and he expressed his gratitude to the Master and Fellows of Pembroke and to Mr. C. H. Blakiston, Keeper of the Memorial Buildings at Eton. He also acknowledged his obligation to the late Dr. Walker and Professor Temperley, of Peterhouse, for information concerning Gray's departure from the College, and to the late Sir Edmund Gosse for assistance.

In the present, as in the 1917 edition, the text of the ten poems printed in Dodsley's edition of 1768 is followed, as the book was published with Gray's authority and under his instructions. Three other poems were printed in . . .

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