The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, Volume 5

The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, Volume 5

The Verse Letters
John Donne, edited by Jeffrey S. Johnson
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/07/2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-04403-7
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Volume 5 of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne (Verse Letters) provides the most authoritative texts of the poems that Donne wrote in this genre. It includes complete textual introductions and apparatuses for each of the 42 poems in the volume. In addition, the volume contains comprehensive summaries, along with notes and glosses, of everything written on these poems from Donne’s time through 2013.

Author Bio

Jeffrey S. Johnson is Professor of English at East Carolina University.


“This variorum edition will be the basis of all future Donne scholarship.”
 — Chronique

“Academic libraries and specialists in Renaissance and 17th-century studies should feel compelled to own each and every volume of this series.”
 — Seventeenth-Century News

“An occasion for celebration. Among the most ambitious and valuable collaborative scholarly enterprises at the end of the twentieth century. Superb.”
 — Early Modern Literary Studies

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Table of Contents


Short Forms of Reference for Donne's Works

Abbreviations Used in the Commentary

Sigla for Textual Sources

Manuscripts Listed by Traditional Classification

Symbols and Abbreviations Used in the Textual Apparatus

General Introduction

Introduction to Volume 5

Texts and Apparatuses

The Verse Letters



Works Cited

Index of Authors Cited in the Commentary

Index of Writers and Historical Figures Cited in the Commentary

Index of Other Poems and Works of Donne Cited in the Commentary

Index of Titles

Index of First Lines

About the Editors