Friday, 6 July 2012

The Banks of Wye

Romantic Circles is pleased to announce the publication of a new edition of Bloomfield's The Banks of Wye, edited by Tim Fulford. Comprising a facsimile of the manuscript sketch- and scrap-book that Bloomfield made after his 1807 tour of the Wye, an annotated transcription of the prose tour-journal that he incorporated into his scrap book, and a collated and annotated text of the poetic versions of the tour that were published (as The Banks of Wye) in 1811, 1813, and 1823, this edition offers a new and valuable insight into one of his most ambitious works. Also included are reproductions of the engravings that illustrated the 1811 and 1813 publications, deleted or unadopted passages from the manuscript of the poem, and a selection of reviews from journals of the time.

In addition, an updated version of Bloomfield's collected letters is also available, comprising four previously unknown letters that throw new light on Bloomfield's relationship with his patron, Capel Lofft, and on the patronage of labouring-class poets in the early nineteenth century more generally. The letters also provide new insights into periodical culture in the period and present an early draft of one of Bloomfield's popular songs.