A Grateful Acknowledgment

Without Professor Eric Robinson's seminal work (with David Powell, P.M.S. Dawson and Margaret Grainger) normally known as 'The Clarendon Editions' (see below), this weblog could not exist.

I am grateful to Professor Robinson for his scholarship of course, but his wit and encouragement as well as his ongoing comments and wisdom have been, and are, much appreciated.

These wonderful editions seek to preserve Clare's manuscripts as far as possible without editorial interference -- with all Clare's  spellings and occasional punctuation -- Eric has made it possible to read Clare's work as it was written. With Clare's difficult history of editorial meddling with his poetry, this is refreshing indeed.

The Early Poems of John Clare, ed. Eric Robinson, David Powell and Margaret Grainger (two volumes, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989)

John Clare, Poems of the Middle Period, ed. Eric Robinson, David Powell, and P.M.S. Dawson (two volumes, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996); III-IV (1998)

The Later Poems of John Clare, ed. Eric Robinson, David Powell and Margaret Grainger (two volumes, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984)

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