The Ivory Gate

ReScript Books has just published a new edition of Thomas Lovell Beddoes’ The Ivory Gate, edited and with an introduction and notes by Alan Halsey.

This is the first separate edition of Beddoes’ later poetry in English, featuring the surviving fragments of The Ivory Gate (c.1837). The fragments are re-arranged from Donner’s 1935 Works, which has until now been the only complete collection. The other poems are presented in roughly chronological order and include unused passages from the later version of Death’s Jest-Book. The poems have also been freed from the intrusive titles supplied by previous editors. This edition attempts ‘to “see Beddoes plain”, to strip his later work (or what remains of it, surviving his own and others’ penchant for destruction) of any paraphernalia not of his own making: to present the poems and fragments as they might have appeared in one of his notebooks.’

106pp. isbn 978-1-874400-50-9. £9

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