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A New and Critical Edition of George Osborn's The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information: Vol. 1 (Hardback)Samuel J. Rogal (editor)
Hardback 540 Pages / Published: 01/09/2009
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This volume of the 'New Edition' of George Osborn's nineteenth-century collection of "The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley" provides access to the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others' poetical works. It provides necessary background information relative to those poems - it details historical, bibliographical, and biographical that Osborn omitted or of which he had no knowledge. 'Essentially, this refurbished version of Osborn's collection, when placed on library shelves beside the three volumes of Kimbrough and Beckerlegge, will allow students and scholars of eighteenth-century verse and hymnology opportunities to view and assess the fullest range possible of the literary contributions of John and Charles Wesley to the social, political, and theological spheres of their day'. Over one hundred and forty-one years have passed since George Osborn presented to students, scholars, and readers in general (particularly the Methodists among them) the initial volume of his edition of "The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872)". Four years later, Osborn would complete his project with the issuance of the thirteenth and final volume of the brothers' then supposedly extant poetic corpus. Although impressive in terms of its sheer quantity, Osborn's edition stood far from a perfect instrument for the engagement of scholarly research into the purely creative and lyrical niches of the Wesleys' total literary production. Essentially, Osborn's edition lacked completeness, nor did that editor fully exercise the application of scholarly apparatus. Students and scholars could easily locate and read the poetic and hymnodic pieces that Osborn offered to them, but they would have to venture outside the bindings of his thirteen volumes in search of specific biographical, historical, and Biblical background information necessary to the understanding and appreciation of the motivation, composition, and substance for and of the various poems. Further, although Osborn offered to his readers a number of Charles Wesley's poems that had never before seen the printed page, he did not offer all of those like poems available to him; he 'selected', but he never really, explained his reasons for or methods of selection.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 540
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