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General Information

Name:  Jack Stillinger  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Dr. Stillinger is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dr.Stillinger has written over 26 books and numerous articles. He has received the Guggenheim and Woodrow Wilson Fellowships and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Titles At Your Library

Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius
ISBN: 0195068610

Oxford University Press. 1991

This is a study of the collaborative creation behind literary works that are usually considered to be written by a single author. Although most theories of interpretation and editing depend on a concept of single authorship, many works are actually developed by more than one author. Stillinger examines case histories from Keats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Mill, and T.S. Eliot, as well as from American fiction, plays, and films, demonstrating that multiple authorship is a widespread phenomenon. He shows that the reality of how an author produces a work is often more complex than is expressed in the romantic notion of the author as solitary genius. The cumulative evidence revealed in this engaging study indicates that collaboration deserves to be included in any account of authorial achievement.

Romantic Complexity: Keats, Coleridge, and Wordsworth
ISBN: 0252076370

University of Illinois Press. 2008

In Romantic Complexity, Jack Stillinger examines three of the most admired poets of English Romanticism--Keats, Coleridge, and Wordsworth--with a focus on the complexity that results from the multiple authorship, the multiple textual representation, and the multiple reading and interpretation of their best works.

Specific topics include the joint authorship of Wordsworth and Coleridge in the Lyrical Ballads, an experiment of 1798 that established the most essential characteristics of modern poetry Coleridge's creation of eighteen or more different versions of The Ancient Mariner and how this textual multiplicity affects interpretation the historical collaboration between Keats and his readers to produce fifty-nine separate but entirely legitimate readings of The Eve of St. Agnes and a number of practical and theoretical matters bearing on the relationships among these writers and their influences on one another.

Stillinger shows his deep understanding of the poets' lives, works, and the history of their reception, in chapters rich with intriguing questions and answers sure to engage students and teachers of the world's greatest poetry.

Coleridge and Textual Instability: The Multiple Versions of the Major Poems
ISBN: 0195085833

Oxford University Press. 1994

Jack Stillinger establishes and documents the existence of numerous different authoritative versions of Coleridge's best-known poems: sixteen or more of The Eolian Harp, for example, eighteen of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and comparable numbers for This Lime-Tree Bower, Frost at Midnight, Kubla Khan, Christabel, and Dejection: An Ode. Such multiplicity of versions raises interesting theoretical and practical questions about the constitution of the Coleridge canon, the ontological identity of any specific work in the canon, the editorial treatment of Coleridge's works, and the ways in which multiple versions complicate interpretation of the poems as a unified (or, as the case may be, disunified) body of work. Providing much new information about the texts and production of Coleridge's major poems, Stillinger's study offers intriguing new theories about the nature of authorship and the constitution of literary works.

The Texts of Keats’s Poems
ISBN: 0674875117

Harvard University Press. 1974

Jack Stillinger's concern is with the words of Keats's texts: “I wish,” he says, “to get rid of the wrong ones and to suggest how to go about constructing texts with a greater proportion of the right ones.” He finds that in the two best modern editions of Keats, one third of the texts have one or more wrong words. Modern editors have sometimes based their texts on inferior holograph, transcript, or printed versions sometimes combined readings from separate versions sometimes retained words added by copyists and early editors (who frequently made “improvements” when they thought the poems needed them) and sometimes, of course, introduced independent errors of their own.

The heart of this book is a systematic account of the textual history of each of the 150 poems that can reasonably be assigned to Keats. In each history Stillinger dates the work, as closely as it can be dated gives the details of first publication specifies the existing variant readings and their sources and suggests what might be the basis for a standard text.

Reading The Eve of St.Agnes: The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction
ISBN: 0195130227

Oxford University Press. 1999

Using the 180-year history of Keats'sEve of St. Agnes as a basis for theorizing about the reading process, Stillinger's book explores the nature and whereabouts of "meaning" in complex works. A proponent of authorial intent, Stillinger argues a theoretical compromise between author and reader, applying a theory of interpretive democracy that includes the endlessly multifarious reader's response as well as Keats's guessed-at intent. Stillinger also considers the process of constructing meaning, and posits an answer to why Keats's work is considered canonical, and why it is still being read and admired.

Keats' Odes: A Collection of Critical Essays (20th Century Interpretations)
ISBN: 0135147379

Prentice-Hall. 1968

Selected Poems and Prefaces (Riverside Editions)
ISBN: 0395051797

Houghton Mifflin College Div. 1965

Selected Poems And Prefaces (Riverside Editions)

Wordsworth's shaggy dog
ISBN: B0006RS45U

James L. Weil, Publisher. 2001

The hoodwinking of Madeline, and other essays on Keats's poems
ISBN: 0252001745

University of Illinois Press. 1971

Literary criticism of John Keats's poetry (1795-1821).

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