The John Donne volume in the 21st-Century Oxford Authors series offers a wholly new edition of Donne's verse and prose. It consists of a selection of the compositions that circulated in manuscript or in print form during Donne's lifetime. In keeping with the approach of the series, the texts are presented in chronological order and the text chosen is, wherever possible, the text of the first published version. Each text is paired with a generous complement of historical and textual annotation, which enables the present day reader to access the excitement with which Donne's contemporaries, his first readers, discovered his famous and incomparable originality, audacity, ingenuity, and wit. The edition incorporates new directions and emphases in scholarly editing that are foregrounded in the 21st-Century Oxford Authors series, such as the history of readership and the history of texts as material objects.
Janel Mueller is the William Rainey Harper Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Department of English and the College, The University of Chicago. She is the former editor of Modern Philology and the former dean of the Division of the Humanities at Chicago. She has published on a range of subjects in English Reformation and Renaissance literature, focusing particularly on the writings of Elizabeth I and Katherine Parr.