Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads
George Meredith; Edited by Rebecca N. Mitchell and Criscillia Benford
January 8, 2013
440 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
12 b/w illus., 3 graphs
Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside occupies a distinctive and somewhat notorious place within George Meredith’s already unique body of work. Modern Love is now best known for the emotionally intense sonnet cycle which Meredith’s own contemporaries dismissed as scandalously confessional and indiscreet. While individual sonnets from the work have been anthologized, the complete cycle is rarely included, and the original edition has not been reprinted since its first appearance in 1862. This edition restores the original publication and supplements it with a range of accompanying materials that will reintroduce Meredith’s astonishing collection of poetry to a new generation of readers.
Rebecca N. Mitchell is an associate professor of English at The University of Texas Pan American. Criscillia Benford is a Visiting Scholar in the English Department at Stanford University.