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John Donne Variorum Papers

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Identifier: AM20-083

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Files related to Professor Emeritus Dr. Gary A. Stringer’s work on The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne. He was the General Editor from 1981-2014.

The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne (8 vols. in 11 parts), a collaborative edition drawing on the labors of over 30 scholars from the United States and abroad. The project was organized in 1980 and has enjoyed support from the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1986.


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This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the united States (Title 17, United States Code).

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Dr. Gary A. Stringer, a University of Southern Mississippi Professor Emeritus of English

Through his work with the internationally acclaimed Donne Variorum and The John Donne Society, Dr. Gary A. Stringer has published a prestigious list of comprehensive publications on the collective works on John Donne. The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, Volume 3: The Satyres (Indiana University Press, 2016) won him the 12th MLA Prize for a Scholarly Edition.

The Satyres is one of seven volumes published with Dr. Stringer at the helm of the Donne Variorum project. Donne, one of the most important figures in English poetry and a vital Renaissance figure, was not only the quintessential metaphysical poet, but the most popular poet in 17th-century England.

According to Dr. Stringer, Donne circulated his poetry in a unique manner, giving manuscript copies to friends and patrons, who would then copy them by hand and distribute them to others. This method of circulation meant virtually none of Donne's original copies survived; only the personal copies of his contemporaries. Many of these copies were altered and revised to various degrees by both Donne and transcribers, resulting in numerous variants that were circulated. Due to these variations, Donne's poems had not been properly edited until Donne Variorum scholars began their work. The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne is the result of the combined efforts of more than 30 scholars and more than 30 years of work.

Dr. Stringer joined the faculty at Southern Miss in 1972. He served as the Charles W. Moorman Alumni Distinguished Professor from 2002 to 2003, and taught at the university for 32 years before his retirement in 2004. He continued his work as a professor at universities in Texas and North Carolina. His work on this major project, however, will always be associated with USM.


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The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne. Gary A. Stringer, general editor.

The Texas A & M John Donne collection. 2006, introduction by Gary A. Stringer.

A City tribute to John Donne: poet and dean of St. Paul's: to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his birth, 1st-8th October, 1972.

The complete poetry of John Donne. With an introd., notes, and variants by John T. Shawcross. Garden City, N.Y., Anchor Books, 1967.

Renaissance Papers. 2002

John Donne Journal: Studies in the Age of Donne.

The complete poems of John Donne ... / ed. with preface, essay on life and writings, and notes, by the Rev. Alexander B. Grosart. Vol. 2 (1873)

Poems of John Donne / edited by E.K. Chambers ; with an introduction by George Saintsbury. London : George Routledge & Sons, Limited ; New York : E.P. Dutton & Co., [1904?] Vol. 1 & 2

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