Fall 1959 • Vol. XXI No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1959 |

Homo Ludens

The Literary Works Of Matthew Prior. Two volumes. Edited by H. Bunker Wright and Monroe K. Spears. Oxford: The Clarendon Press. £6. 6s. So far as a combination of incompetence and great interest can judge, this edition of Prior, the first since the Cambridge edition of I907, gives every desirable reading use. It is handsome, as the price and the fact that it is in the Oxford Text series testify. The text is followed by 263 pages of factual commentary which at every point I have checked is helpful. I am happy to possess and use such an edition. If there are errors they will take equal errors and equal scholarship to correct. It is to be hoped that the editors, or one of them, may go on to write the grand interpretive note called a biography—not a long book to drown in, but a monograph of say a hundred pages, which might be published with the letters. Prior's poetry is that of an interesting man, and the interest, I think, runs both ways, and into the interest of public history

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