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James A. Butler
La Salle University (Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199)

Critical Edition of Wordsworth's The Ruined Cottage

Project aims at establishing a complete chronology, manuscript transcriptions, and the best reading texts of what F.R. Leavis calls Wordsworth's finest poem: The Ruined Cottage. To explore the difference between what Wordsworth prepared in manuscripts written between the ages of 27 and 34 and the far different-and far inferior-text he worked on in his 70's. In The Music of Humanity (1969) Jonathan Wordsworth wrote "On the whole, poets are known by the best versions of their works: Wordsworth is almost exclusively known by his worst." This detailed examination of the creative process in one of the great poems of the period will lead to a better understanding of this major shift in thinking.

Project fields:
British Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$2,000 (approved)
$2,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/1975 – 9/30/1975