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The Poetry of James Stephems

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During the past three decades, there has been a substantial body of bibliographical, critical and biographical material published testifying to Stephens' significance as poet, novelist, essayist, and short story writer. There has been an edition of his "Letters by Richard J. Finneran" (1974) and a two volume "Uncollected Prose" edited by Patricia McFate (1983). In addition, some of his prose works have been reprinted ("The Crock of Gold"; "Irish Fairy Tales"; "Deirdre" and "Insurrection in Dublin" are presently listed by, so a volume of Stephens' poetry is long overdue. At the present time it is virtually impossible to locate any volume of Stephens' poetry outside a library. In the case of his "Collected Poems", (1954), even if one finds a copy, it is difficult to evaluate the poet's progress, influences, or interests at any given period since the poems are arranged thematically under charming but elusive titles which, for the most part, tell nothing about the contents or period of their composition. We are at least fortunate that the last three books in that volume are chronologically arranged.

Furthermore, over one hundred poems published in volumes, in magazines, or newspapers have been omitted from the "Collected Poems". A complete chronological collection of James Stephens' poetry is therefore necessary if readers are to be encouraged to enjoy and study his work in depth, and that is what the present editor provides. This volume contains more than 320 poems by Stephens, a biographical and critical introduction by A. Norman Jeffares, as well as notes, indexes to titles and first lines, and an Appendix listing those poems that appeared in the 1954 "Collected Poems". It is an essential adjunct to the library of every lover of Irish poetry.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poets Publisher: Colin Smythe Ltd Publication Date: 05/04/2007 ISBN-13: 9780861403332  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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