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Paula R. Feldman publishes "The Collected Poetry of Mary Tighe"

Tighe, a celebrated Anglo-Irish poet, is best known for her epic Psyche; or, the Legend of Love, based on the classical legend of Psyche and Cupid.

Paula R. Feldman, C. Wallace Martin Professor of English, has co-edited The Collected Poetry of Mary Tighe, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Tighe, a celebrated Anglo-Irish poet, is best known for her epic Psyche; or, the Legend of Love, based on the classical legend of Psyche and Cupid. This edition makes a case for Tighe’s prominent place in the Romantic canon and features the most definitive texts of both Tighe’s epic and her short poems—some newly discovered—and includes the poet’s own illustrations. The book has extensive historical notes and an introduction providing biographical, cultural, and political background material.

The volume has been hailed by Jerome McGann, from the University of Virginia, as “a great boon to the scholarship of the period.”

Devoney Looser, at Arizona State University, states:

“This anthology is not just a gift to scholars of Mary Tighe, a group whose numbers will no doubt swell as a result of Paula Feldman and Brian Cooney’s groundbreaking work. It is also a gift to any reader who cares about the history of poetry, the history of women, the history of Ireland, or the literature of the Romantic period. The Collected Poetry of Mary Tighe, from its authoritative introduction, its raft of previously unpublished poems, and its careful editing and copious annotations, is a massive contribution exquisitely presented. Mary Tighe’s technically stunning verse has long deserved careful editorial treatment.”

For more information, please visit the publisher’s webpage: https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/collected-poetry-mary-tighe