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April 21, 2007



I used to teach Edward Lear regularly. Great subject for a seminar on a children's lit. course and, given his artistic relationship to him, great as a companion-figure to Tennyson also.


First of all, I got distracted, sadly, from my book event entry, but I'm working on it.

More importantly, have you ever read the most recent Norton's editorial notes to Arcadia? You will find out who Milton and Wordsworth are, for example. You will also learn the meaning of "commode," "explicate," and "regurgitate."


How is the online component delivered? Do students get access as part of the purchase price, or does the instructor get the rights to print the materials out, or what?

Seems a little silly given how much obscure Victoriana is in the public domain, anyway, and the real convenience of an anthology is supposed to be having it all there in the book. And does it come with a guarantee that it will be hosted on the Web on stable form for some period of years? Maybe I'm just not getting this.


I have to agree with Jonathan's (implicit) complaint about Norton's ever-more-intrusive annotations, which I too find exasperating [1]. Can you clarify what kinds of annotations Broadview left out that you'd like to have in an anthology? I mean, I agree that historical context is nice for students, but Norton's define-everything-over-three-syllables approach drives me nuts by comparison.

[1] exasperating: they make me mad.


I know that the "annotate all polysyllabic words" policy is annoying. Better annotations for the literary/Biblical/mythological allusions, however, would help greatly.

Norton operates on the assumption that students have no literary background whatsoever, which is quite possibly the correct assumption.

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