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General Information

Name:  Jack Stillinger  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;


-- Jack Stillinger on WorldCat --

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.

Published Works

    Mutliple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius, Oxford Universtiy Press, 1991Romantic Complexity: Keats, Coleridge, and Wordsworth, University of Illinois Press, 2008Coleridge and Textual Instability: The Multiple Versions of Major Poems, Oxford University Press, 1994The Texts of Keats Poems, Harvard University Press, 1974Reading the Eve of St. Agness:..., Oxford University Press, 1999Keats Odes: A Collection of Critical Essays, Prentice-Hall, 1968Selected Poems and Prefaces by William Wordsworth, Houghton Mifflin, 1965Wordsworth's Shaggy Dog, James Weil, 2001The Hoodwinking of Madeline and other Essays on Keats Poems, University of Illinois Press, 1971

Selected Titles At Your Library

Multiple authorship and the myth of solitary genius /
ISBN: 0195068610. OCLC Number:

Oxford University Press,. New York :. 1991.

A study which explores the implications of multiple authorship, using as examples the case of Keats and the assistants who aided him in the creation of "Isabella", the contributions of John Stuart Mill's wife to his autobiography, and the revisions to Wordsworth's "The Prelude."

Romantic complexity :
ISBN: 0252076370. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press ;. Urbana, Ill. :. 2009.

Coleridge and textual instability :
ISBN: 0195085833. OCLC Number:

Oxford University Press,. New York :. 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 whi.

The texts of Keats's poems.
ISBN: 0674875117. OCLC Number:

Harvard University Press,. Cambridge, Mass.,. 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 :
ISBN: 0195130227. OCLC Number:

Oxford University Press,. New York :. 1999.

"John Keats's "The Eve of St. Agnes" is one of the most admired works in standard English poetry. It has had hundreds of thousands of readers - therefore hundreds of thousands of individual responses - since its first publication in 1820. In Reading "The Eve of St. Agnes," Jack Stillinger examines the continuous inexhaustibility of this one poem, theorizing about the reading process, the nature and whereabouts of "meaning" in complex works, and the connection between multiple meanings and canonical status in literature."--Jacket.

Selected poems and prefaces.
ISBN: 0395051797. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin. Boston,. [1965]

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

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©1971.

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