450 / VICTORIAN POETRY Book Review The Earthly Paradise, by William Morris, ed. Florence Boos. 2 vols. New York and London: Routledge, 2002. xxxix + 687 pp. ; 779 + lxv pp. Illustrated. $325.00. Florence Boos is to be commended not only for a monumental editorial effort that has led to successful achievement but for her perseverance over several years in a search for a publisher willing to risk the cost of publishing The Earthly Paradise. As she gracefully tells us, "My efforts to find a haven for this edition sometimes seemed to me almost as long as the Wanderers' search for their Earthly Paradise." And that Routledge, with its excellent resources for publicity, has agreed to be the publisher means there will be a fair test to determine whether there is an audience today for Morris' epic--the longest narrative poem in the English language. The Earthly Paradise was first published in three volumes between 1868 and 1870. Since Volume I consists of two Parts, there are four Parts altogether. Frankly indebted to The Canterbury Tales, one of Morris' chief delights in literature, The Earthly Paradise tells the story of a group of Norsemen, fleeing the Black Death,
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