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date: 06 June 2020

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This chapter first considers the challenges of the editing of Shelley's prose and poetry since his death in 1822. Part of the problem lies in the consequences of the often unsatisfactory way his works were published in his lifetime. Since the mid-twentieth century, most scholarly editors of English literary works have sought to produce texts that represent as closely as possible their author's final intentions, and in so doing adopted W. W. Greg's ‘rationale of copy-text’ as a guide. However, this approach is often unworkable in Shelley's case, mainly because the texts of many poems published in his lifetime do not represent his intentions, especially in matters of punctuation. The discussions then turn to various editions of Shelley's poems and prose.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley, Shelley's poems, Shelley's prose, poetry, editing

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