Roy Winnick effectively updates the annotations so vital to scholarship in Christopher Ricks’s 1987 edition of Tennyson to create an important new reference work. Particularly significant are the echoes of women poets that Winnick locates in Tennyson’s poetry in addition to new biblical and classical allusions. In its print version Tennyson’s Poems: New Textual Parallels is a handbook for systematic study of Tennyson; in digital form it is a highly useful searchable database.
Prof. Linda K. Hughes
Winnick’s [is] not a critical edition, as he notes himself, and it’s not merely a listing of quotations pulled from Google, despite his self-effacing reminders that he ‘made extensive use of those digitized search tools to complement my own far less than photographic memory’. After all, as anyone with a cursory working knowledge of digital searching can tell you, the end results are only as good as the searcher, and Winnick succeeds admirably.
"Tennyson’s Poems: New Textual Parallels. Edited by R. H. WINNICK". Essays in Criticism (1471-6852), vol. 71, no. 1, 2021. doi:10.1093/escrit/cgab003