2013 Richard J. Finneran Award for The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley


The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe ShelleyVolume Three of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley, which is co-edited by Professor Michael O’Neill, has been awarded the 2013 Richard J. Finneran Award.

The Richard J. Finneran award is presented by the Society for Textual Scholarship in recognition of the best edition or book about editorial theory and/or practice published in the English language during the preceding two calendar years. This year the selection committee have awarded the prize to the third volume of The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

“a prodigious undertaking, brought home for the ages, enormously ambitious”
– 2013 Finneran Award judge

Michael O’Neill, who co-edited a selection of Shelley’s poetry and prose with Zachary Leader for Oxford’s Major Works series (2003), is one of the associate editors for the project. For Volume Three he edited a number of shorter poems, including Mont BlancHymn to Intellectual Beauty (and the versions of those poems in the Scrope Davies Notebook, rediscovered in 1976), “To Constantia,” “Marianne’s Dream,” and “Ozymandias.”  He will be editing other poems for later volumes, including Letter to Maria GisborneThe Witch of Atlas, and Adonais.

The Finneran Award selection committee found this edition of Shelley’s works to be an “exemplary peak of book-based textual scholarship.” The Award was presented at the annual conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship in Chicago.

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