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Print Price: $562.50

776 pp.
numerous b/w halftones, 138 mm x 216 mm


Publication date:
December 2015

Imprint: OUP UK

The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Volume III: Diaries, Journals, and Notebooks

Edited by Lesley Higgins

Series : Collected Works Gerard Manley Hopkins

This volume, the latest in Oxford's edititon of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, presents Hopkins at his most private and self-considering: there are mundane memoranda about neckties to purchase or letters to write, but also exacting revisions of poems. There are entries of quiet rapture, his attention caught by the unexpected sight of a bluebell or "some delicate flying shafted ashes ... between which the sun sent straight bright slenderish panes of silver sunbeams down the slant towards the eye". Paintings, sculptures, and works of literature are stringently assessed, his aesthetic principles freely exercised. There are also nightmares relived; undergraduate "sins" unsparingly recorded; "signs" of heavenly mercy carefully noted; small acts of "kindness" from others, both unexpected and restorative, gratefully acknowledged.

Like most diarists, Hopkins was committed to life-writing practices not simply to itemize his daily activities, but to explore the possibilities of textual "selving". The space of the page was the opportunity, incitement, and necessity of reporting what had been seen, what had been felt, what had been feared, in order both to memorialize the experiences and to make possible subsequent re-readings. Thus, the diaries and notebooks are a summary of the present and an investment in - even a prediction of - future responses. The entries extend from September 1863, during his second term at Oxford, until February 1875, while studying theology as a Jesuit in his beloved Wales, and from February 1884 until July 1885, while Hopkins was living at a 'third remove' in Dublin, Ireland as a Classics Professor at University College and Fellow of the Royal University of Ireland.

Readership : Students and scholars of Hopkins, nineteenth-century poetry, and poetics in general; students and scholars with an interest in Victorian literature and culture.

Editorial Notes
The Manuscripts
Principles of Transcription and Translation
Citing Other Works by Hopkins
Short-titles of Poems
Biographical Register
Major 'Feasts' in the Church of England and Roman Catholic Calendars
Diaries, Journals, and Notebooks
Appendix A: Examples of Unedited Pages from C.I and C.II
Appendix B: Architectural Terms Used by Hopkins
Appendix C: The 'Monita' or Community Rules for St Mary's Hall

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Lesley Higgins's research and teaching interests include modernist and Victorian literary culture, feminist studies, editorial theory and textual studies, and poetry. She is an award-winning Professor of English at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is co-general editor of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, with Michael F. Suarez; and, with David Latham, co-general editor of The Collected Works of Walter Pater (forthcoming from OUP).

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Special Features

  • The latest addition to Oxford's Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
  • The first unexpurgated edition of GMH's extant diaries.
  • Includes of all the sketches and small drawings made in his diaries.
  • Includes drafts of the poems written while Hopkins was a student at Oxford.