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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-10-12 19:06
Subject: [books] Help from the literati
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Can anyone recommend particularly good (ideally, annotated) editions of Moby Dick and Leaves of Grass? I am feeling a powerful urge to return to the classics.

(No, I don’t know why either. I suspect the influence of Terry Pratchett.)

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Aaron Leis
User: ripperbard
Date: 2008-10-13 02:32 (UTC)
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The Norton Critical Editions are always awesome. Text, usually with annotations, and a critical apparatus which includes background materials, reviews contemporary to the piece's publication, and recent critical essays from various theoretical schools. I've rarely found better editions without going to the library for Variorum editions.
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User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2008-10-13 02:37 (UTC)
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I concur.
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User: farmgirl1146
Date: 2008-10-13 05:40 (UTC)
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I second this. See if you can get a college-level teaching companion to go with it. These are Cliff's Notes to the Nth degree.
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russ: watchmen
User: goulo
Date: 2008-10-13 06:49 (UTC)
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Those Norton editions of various classics are what came to my mind as well. I remember reading a variety of them in college and being impressed by the variety and quality of the supplementary essays.
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User: catsparx
Date: 2008-10-13 02:58 (UTC)
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I recently listened to an audiobook version of Moby Dick - a free download from Librivox. it was awesome!
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User: dionysus1999
Date: 2008-10-13 17:43 (UTC)
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Funny, I was just going to recommend Librivox too. I'm listening to Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
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dinogrl: bookish robot
User: dinogrl
Date: 2008-10-13 05:56 (UTC)
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Keyword:bookish robot
Well, call me Ahab...it's been years since I saw light on that book. Good luck finding a decent edition.

I'm sorry that I'm not up on recent editions of either book.

I do need to speak with you about drumming up support for something else before you head due north. Will contact you at the usual place.

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Mindy Klasky
User: mindyklasky
Date: 2008-10-13 13:40 (UTC)
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Another vote for Norton from this former English major. Also, a vote for any Houghton Mifflin editions you come across (although I'm pretty sure these aren't still in print.) They contain good front and back materials, but no annotations in-text. The Whitman is likely in one of their "Transcendentalist Reader" collections...

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User: martang
Date: 2008-10-14 02:16 (UTC)
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heh, I just last week saw an Easton Press edition at the Half Price near us. I was tempted to get it as I've enjoyed the parts I've read. I've never read the whole thing.
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