An Edition of The Rover
This project grew out of an exercise designed primarily to give
graduate students practical experience in the processes of textual
bibliography. It was continued and completed based on two beliefs:
first, that the errors found amoung extant editions are significant
enough to warrant further revision, and second, that the existence of a
text with format and language accessible to modern readers is essential
to the survival of this important work.
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about irregularities, “opening up” a text built around covering up.
But in the process of creating this edition, we have also frequently
shared with Behn’s masquers the pleasurable experience of revealing a
state that was once concealed. It is our hope that the text that
follows succeeds in straightening out Behn’s wonderful world of tangles
and confusions, so that other readers may continue to participate in the
play of this play, as well.