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About The Book Almost Paradise

What is special about this new selection?

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Over 500 poems included - twice as many, or more, as other selections

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A largely chronological arrangement so that poems written at the same time can be seen side by side

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All her published and unpublished poems are fully represented

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There are no 'extracts' - all poems included are complete poems.
The whole of Sing-Song is included

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Basic facts are given about every poem: its date (as far as known) and where first published

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Introductory commentaries on all the major poems and on links between poems

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Background information on all poems which might be autobiographical

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Her brother William's notes included, sometimes personal, with comments on his notes where debatable

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Spacious layout, easy on the eye, with no poems, except long ones, broken up over the page

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A Foreword by Frances Thomas, author of one of the best biographies of Christina Rossetti in recent years

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An essay on the special characteristics of Rossetti's verse

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Thorough indexing so that every poem can be traced and seen in relation to its first publication in a collected edition.

Why is the book called 'Almost Paradise?' Click HERE to find out!

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Almost Paradise: ISBN 0-9546139-0-2  292 pp    All material Andrew Rice-Oxley 2004.