A new edition of George Eliot’s classic Adam Bede has been published as part of the Oxford University Press World’s Classics series. Boise State’s Carol A. Martin edited the new edition, wrote a lengthy and detailed introduction and also provided a bibliography and extensive explanatory notes.
The new edition is among more than 700 titles published by Oxford University Press as part of an authoritative classics series used in university classrooms and available to the public around the world.
Dr. Martin, an expert on 19th century British literature, previously edited the first critical edition of Adam Bede for Oxford University Press’s Clarendon Editions series. The project placed her in the ranks of scholars at major research institutions in the United States and Great Britain who have edited critical editions of Eliot’s other books. The Clarendon Adam Bede was published in 2001.
The World’s Classics edition of Adam Bede, published in May 2008, is a continuation of Dr. Martin’s research on Eliot and her writings. Based on her extensive studies of Eliot’s original manuscript and of editions published during George Eliot’s lifetime, she selected Eliot’s eighth revision of the novel as the copy text. She also revisited the voluminous materials she had assembled for the Clarendon edition and studied recent scholarship on Adam Bede to write an introduction and explanatory notes that would be helpful and relevant to university students studying the classic work.
Dr. Martin is also the author of George Eliot’s Serial Fiction, published by Ohio State University Press in 1994. Her articles on George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and other women writers have appeared in Publishing History, Studies in the Novel, Victorian Periodicals Review, Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Approaches to Teaching Middlemarch and George Eliot Fellowship Review.
Carol Martin has been a member of Boise State’s faculty since 1972.
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