Latest Revision: 3 June 2021

In a previous post I have listed all those volumes believed to be part of the Oxford English Texts (OET) series as published by the University Press up to 1939. The series has a significant role in the attempt to elevate the university subject of English Literature to an academic rank on a parallel with the study of the classical languages, the OET inviting comparison with the OCT, the Oxford Classical Texts. My earlier article described the emergence of the OET concept during the 1920s, the retroactive imposition of a common blue and gold livery at about the same time, and the first uses of the series title in 1934. The annotated checklist itself stopped with the publication of H. W. Garrod's edition of Keats, the dust wrapper of which is a useful piece of evidence in this account. Completeism can be a disease, but it has merits and there seems some justification for bringing the checklist up to date. This post attempts that work.

The extended list demonstrates the inherent instability of the concept underlying the OET, a project which began with the retrospective badging of a miscellaneous collection of previously published texts, and struggled to main consistency thereafter. Even when well underway the Press excluded editions that would on the basis of its previous decisions seem to be obvious candidates for selection, such as Harold Williams' edition of Swift's Journal to Stella (1949). At least, it seems very odd to admit Dorothy Osborne's letters to Sir William Temple (1928), which are pleasant enough but hardly works of the highest rank, and then pass over rather more striking work by the author of Gulliver's Travels. This arbitrary character was evident from the first, weakening the structural definition of the project, and has never been satisfactorily addressed. Indeed, it recurs throughout the record. Why include Clough (1951), but initially publish Helen Gardner's edition of Donne's Divine Poems (1952) as a free standing monograph? The press seems to have realised its mistake in that particular case, bringing it within the fold, but the criterion of OET designation was obviously poorly administered, and continued to be so. The poems of Dunbar and Henryson, 1979 and 1980 respectively, are sound choices, but the edition of 'Hudibras' Butler's Prose Observations (1979), though a real resource in my view, is more obviously an experimental research contribution than an established and core text.

It should be no surprise, therefore, that the series is now breaking down into what can only be described as absurdity, an absurdity betrayed by scarcely defensible collections composed of oversized volumes issued in preposterously bloated series, the publication of which is spread over decades. The prose of Edward Thomas did not merit inclusion in the OET, and much of it did not deserve republication in any form whatsoever, yet it appears under that badge in five gross bundles ludicrously entitled a "Selected Edition". Very good cases can be made for Oxford English Texts of both Browning and Byron, but why should they be published in sets extending to seven volumes for Byron, and for Browning some fifteen volumes, still incomplete over thirty years after the first instalment. A comprehensive collection of Milton's writings in prose and verse is obviously worthy (though the need can hardly be pressing even granting the bizarre definition of "need" that applies within the scholarly world); but a "Complete Works" of Oscar Wilde, currently standing at nine mega volumes, IX and X have 1,248 pages between them, is a tedious disgrace, a failure of judgment, a grotesque demonstration that, as is manifest to anyone familiar with the scenes behind departmentally closed doors, literary academics have no standards, no discrimination, and almost nothing to do.

But of course it is not difficult to see what the OUP is undertaking here. The Oxford English Texts series, arbitrary and inconsistent from the start, has now been superseded by the gargantuan and totalitarian ambition of Oxford Scholarly Editions, which seems to intend nothing less than the copyrighting for electronic sale of every word written by any and all marketable authors. The press is engulfing whole lifeworks as the whale swallowed Jonah, belching them out again for the usual consideration. The current paper publications, execrable pieces of printing and binding that do not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the earlier books, are stridently overpriced tokens trading on the reputation of the light blue paper wrappers and gilt blue cloth beneath. This is a sad ending to a misplaced endeavour, to a noble cause that was doomed from the outset to collapse "under the weight of its own contradictions". However, not all is lost; some of the ruins and the remaining statuary are truly spectacular; buy them while you still can.

The checklist that follows has been compiled from copies on my own shelves, and supplemented by reference to the Oxford University Press (OUP) website. I am aware the list lacks some information relating to corrected editions and I will add this material as time permits. If there are other Errors & Omissions, I shouldn't be at all surprised. Please submit corrections and additional information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Oxford English Texts 1940 to the Present Day: An Interim Checklist

1940–1949

1940. The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Volume I (Poems written in youth, Poems referring to the period of childhood). Edited by E. de Selincourt. The first of five volumes published as I (1940, II (1944), III (1946, IV (1947), V (1949). Unusually for the OET, these volumes were starred *, **, ***, ****, ***** on the spine, and were not otherwise identified, rather than numbered in Roman both on spine and title page. Second edition, revised by Helen Darbishire, 1952.

1941. The Works of George Herbert. Edited by F. E. Hutchinson. "Reprinted lithographically [...] from the corrected sheets of the First Edition 1945, 1953, 1959."

1941. The Poems of Samuel Johnson. First Edition. Edited by David Nichol Smith and Edward L. McAdam. Second Edition 1974.

1944. The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Volume II (Poems founded on the affections, Poems on the naming of places, Poems of fancy, Poems of the imagination ) Edited by E. de Selincourt. The second of five volumes published as I (1940, II (1944), III (1946, IV (1947), V (1949). Second edition, revised by Helen Darbishire, 1952.

1946. The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Volume III (Miscellaneous Sonnets, Memorials of various tours, Poems dedicated to national independence and liberty, The Egyptian Maid, The river Duddon series, The White Does and other narrative poems, Ecclesiastical sonnets). Edited by E. de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire. The third of five volumes published as I (1940, II (1944), III (1946, IV (1947), V (1949). Second edition, revised by Helen Darbishire, 1954.

1947. The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Volume IV (Evening Voluntaries, Itinerary poems of 1833, Poems of sentiment and reflection, Sonnets dedicated to liberty and order, Miscellaneous poems, Inscriptions, Selections from Chaucer, Poems referring to the period of old age, Epitaphs and elegiac pieces, Ode: Intimations of Immortality) Edited by E. de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire. The fourth of five volumes published as I (1940, II (1944), III (1946, IV (1947), V (1949). Second edition, revised by Helen Darbishire, 1958.

1947. The Works of Sir Thomas Malory. Three volumes. Edited by Eugène Vinaver. 2nd Edition 1967.

1949. The Poems of Thomas Carew: with his Masque Coelum Britannicum. Edited by Rhodes Dunlap. "Reprinted lithographically from the corrected sheets of the First Edition 1957, 1964, 1970."

1949. The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Volume V (The ExcursionThe Recluse Part I, Book I). Edited by E. de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire. The last of five volumes published as I (1940, II (1944), III (1946, IV (1947), V (1949). Second edition, revised by Helen Darbishire, 1959.

1950–1959

1951. The Poems and Letters of Andrew Marvell. Second Edition. Edited by H. M. Margoliouth. First edition, edited by H. M. Margoliouth 1927; Third Edition, edited by H. M. Margoliouth, revised by Pierre Legouis with the collaboration of E. E. Duncan-Jones, 1971.

1951. The Poems of Arthur Hugh Clough. Edited by H. F. Lowry, A. L. P. Norrington, and F. L. Mulhauser. 2nd Edition 1974.

1952. The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Volume I (Poems written in youth, Poems referring to the period of childhood). Edited by E. de Selincourt. Second edition, revised by Helen Darbishire. First edition 1940.

1952. The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Volume II (Poems founded on the affections, Poems on the naming of places, Poems of fancy, Poems of the imagination ) Edited by E. de Selincourt. Second edition, revised by Helen Darbishire. First edition 1944.

1952. John Donne, The Divine Poems. Edited by Helen Gardner. Not apparently initially included in the OET series, being issued in a binding with solid gilt rules at the head and foot of the spine, and the Oxford arms in gilt on the spine, instead of the standard OET form of foliate gilt decorations at head and foot, and the word Oxford in capitals at the foot of the spine.

1954. The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Volume III (Miscellaneous Sonnets, Memorials of various tours, Poems dedicated to national independence and liberty, The Egyptian Maid, The river Duddon series, The White Does and other narrative poems, Ecclesiastical sonnets). Edited by E. de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire.  Second edition, revised by Helen Darbishire. First edition 1946.

1955. The Diary of John Evelyn. Six volumes. Edited by E. S. De Beer. 

1955. The Poetical Works of John Milton. Two volumes. Edited by Helen Darbishire.

1956. The Poetical Works of Robert Herrick. Second Edition. Edited by F. W. Moorman, revised with additions by L. C. Martin. Reprinted, perhaps with further corrections, 1963.

1957. The Works of Henry Vaughan. 2nd Edition, in one volume. Edited by L. C. Martin. First edition 1914 in two volumes.

1957. The Poems English Latin and Greek of Richard Crashaw. 2nd Edition. Edited by L. C. Martin. First edition 1927.

1958. The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Volume IV (Evening Voluntaries, Itinerary poems of 1833, Poems of sentiment and reflection, Sonnets dedicated to liberty and order, Miscellaneous poems, Inscriptions, Selections from Chaucer, Poems referring to the period of old age, Epitaphs and elegiac pieces, Ode: Intimations of Immortality) Edited by E. de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire. Second edition, revised by Helen Darbishire. First edition 1947.

1958. The Poems of John Dryden. Four volumes. Edited by James Kinsley.

1958. The Poetical Works of John Keats. Second Edition. Edited by H. W. Garrod. First edition 1939.

1958. Thomas Traherne: Centuries, Poems, and Thanksgivings. Two volumes. Edited by H. M. Margoliouth.

1959. The Prelude or Growth of a Poet's Mind. 2nd edition, revised by Helen Darbishire. First edition, 1926, edited by E. de Selincourt.

1959. The Literary Works of Matthew Prior. Two volumes. Edited by H. Bunker Wright and Monroe K. Spears. 2nd Edition 1971.

1959. The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Volume V (The ExcursionThe Recluse Part I, Book I). Edited by E. de Selincourt and Helen Darbishire.  Second edition, revised by Helen Darbishire. First edition 1949.

1960–1969

1962. The Poems of Sir Philip Sidney. Edited by William A. Ringler Jr. "Reprinted lithographically [...] from the corrected sheets of the First Edition 1965, 1967, 1971."

1962. John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners. Edited by Roger Sharrock.

1965. John Donne, The Elegies and The Songs and Sonnets. Edited by Helen Gardner.

1966. The Complete Poems of Thomas Gray: English, Latin and Greek. Edited H. W. Starr and J. R. Hendrickson.

1967. John Henry Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua. Edited by M. J. Svaglic.

1967. The Poems of John Cleveland. Edited by Brian Morris and Eleanor Withingon.

1967. The Poems of Robert Southwell, S.J. Edited by James H. McDonald and Nancy Pollard Brown.

1967. John Donne, The Satires, Epigrams and Verse Letters. Edited by W. Milgate.

1967. Samuel Butler, Hudibras. Edited by John Wilders.

1968. The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns. Three volumes. Edited by James Kinsley.

1970–1979

1971. The Works of Sir John Suckling: The Non-Dramatic Works. Edited by Thomas Clayton. Forms volume one of a two volume complete Works.

1971. The Works of Sir John Suckling: The Plays. Edited by L. A. Beaurline. Forms volume two of a two volume complete Works.

1971. The Poems and Letters of Andrew Marvell. Third Edition. Two volumes. Edited by H. M. Margoliouth, revised by Pierre Legouis with the collaboration of E. E. Duncan-Jones.

1971. The Literary Works of Matthew Prior. 2nd Edition. Two volumes. Edited by H. Bunker Wright and Monroe K. Spears. First edition in 1959.

1971. The Complete Works of Thomas Chatterton. Two volumes. Edited by Donald S. Taylor, in association with Benjamin B. Hoover.

1972. The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Volume I (1802–1813). Edited by Neville Rogers. Volume II was published in 1975, with the expectation of two further volumes, but the edition was abandoned due to hostile reception.

1972. Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso: Translated into English Heroical Verse by Sir John Harington. Edited by Robert McNulty.

1973. Sir Philip Sidney, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (The Old Arcadia). Edited by Jean Robertson.

1973. Miscellaneous Prose of Sir Philip Sidney. Edited by Katherine Duncan-Jones and Jan van Dorsten.

1973. The Dramatic Works Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Two volumes. Edited by Cecil Price.

1974. John Gay, Poetry and Prose. Two volumes. Edited by Vinton A. Dearing with the assistance of Charles E. Beckwith.

1974. The Poems of Arthur Hugh Clough. Second edition. Edited by F. L. Mulhauser. Translations edited by Jane Turner. First edition 1951.

1974. The Poems of Samuel Johnson. Second edition. Edited by David Nichol Smith and Edward L. McAdam. First edition 1941.

1975. The Poems of Sir John Davies. Edited by Robert Krueger.

1975. The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley Volume II (1814–1817). Edited by Neville Rogers. Volume I was published in 1972. Two further volumes were projected, but the edition was abandoned due to hostile reception.

1976. John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University. Edited by I. T. Ker 

1976. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume II (The Doctrine of the Law and Grace Unfolded, and, I Will Pray With the Spirit). Edited by Richard L. Greaves. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1976. The Plays and Poems of Philip Massinger. Five volumes. Edited by Philip Edwards and Colin Gibson.

1976. John Arbuthnot, The History of John Bull. Edited by Alan W. Bower and Robert A. Erickson.

1977. The Early English Carols. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Edited by Richard Leighton Greene. The first edition of 1935 was not listed alongside the volumes that came to be known, probably from 1939 onwards, as the Oxford English Texts. This volume is anomalous in that the page size is six inches (w) by 9 1/4 inches (h).

1978. The Letters of Junius. Edited by John Cannon.

1978. William Blake's Writings. Two volumes: I (Engraved and Etched Writings), and II (Writings in Conventional Typography and in Manuscript). Edited by G. E. Bentley Jr. 

1979. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume VIII (Instruction for the Ignorant; Light for Them That Sit in Darkness; Saved by Grace; Come, & Welcome to Jesus Christ). Edited by Richard L. Greaves. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1979. The Plays of William Wycherley. Edited by Arthur Friedman.

1979. The Divine Weeks and Works of Guillaume de Saluste Sieur du Bartas. Translated by Joshua Sylvester. Two volumes. Edited by Susan Snyder.

1979. Samuel Butler, Prose Observations. Edited by Hugh de Quehen.

1979. The Works of William Collins. Edited by Richard Wendorf and Charles Ryskamp.

1979. The Poems of William Dunbar. Edited by James Kinsley.

1980–1989

1980. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume I (Some Gospel-Truths Opened, A Vindication of Some Gospel-Truths Opened, and, A Few Sighs from Hell) Edited with an Introduction by T. L. Underwood and with the assistance of Roger Sharrock. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1980. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume VI (The Poems). Edited by Graham Midgley. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1980. The Poems of Robert Henryson. Edited by Denton Fox.

1980. The Poems of William Cowper. Volume I (1748-1782) of three volumes, published as follows I (1980), II, III (1995).

1980. Lord Byron: The Complete Poetical Works. Volumes I and II, of seven volumes, published as follows I, II (1980); III (1981); IV, V (1986); VI, VII (1991) Edited by Jerome J. McGann.

1980. The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart. Volume I (Jubilate Agno) of six volumes, published as follows: I (1980), II (1984); III, IV (1987); V, VI (1996). Edited by Karina Williamson.

1980. John Bunyan, The Holy War: Made by Shaddai upon Diabolus for the Regaining of the Metropolis of the World Or, the Losing and Taking again of the Town on Mansoul. Edited by Roger Sharrock and J. F. Forrest.

1980. John Donne, Paradoxes and Problems. Edited by Helen Peters.

1981. Sir Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica. Two volumes. Edited by Robin Robbins.

1981. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume IX (A Treatise of the Fear of God, The Greatness of the Soul, A Holy Life). Edited by Richard L. Greaves. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1981. Godfrey of Bulloigne: A critical edition of Edward Fairfax's translation of Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata, together with Fairfax's Original Poems. Edited by Kathleen M. Lea and T. M. Gang.

1981. Lord Byron: The Complete Poetical Works. Volume III of seven volumes, published as follows I, II (1980); III (1981); IV, V (1986); VI, VII (1991) Edited by Jerome J. McGann.

1981. James Thomson, The Seasons. Edited by James Sambrook.

1983. Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler 1653-1676. Edited by Jonquil Bevan.

1983. John Gay: Dramatic Works. Two volumes. Edited by John Fuller.

1983. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. Volume I (Pauline, Paracelsus) of at least fifteen volumes published as I (1983), II (1984), III (1988), IV (1991), V (1995), VI (not yet published), VII (1998), VIII (2001), IX (2004), X-XIV (not yet published), XV (2009). Edited by Ian Jack and Margaret Smith.

1983. English Wycliffite Sermons. Volume I. Edited by Anne Hudson. Set of five volumes published as I (1983), II (1988), III (1990), IV and V (1996).

1983. The Complete Poetical Works of Thomas Hardy. Volume I (Wessex Poems, Poems of the Past and Present, Time's Laughingstocks). Edited by Samuel Hynes. Five volumes. Volume I (1982), Volume II (1984), Volume (III) 1985, Volumes IV and V (1995).

1984. The Later Poems of John Clare 1837–1864. Two Volumes. Edited by Eric Robinson and David Powell. See also: Early Poems (1989), and Poems of the Middle Period (1986, 1996, 1998, 1998, 2003).

1984. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. Volume II (Strafford, Sordello) of at least fifteen volumes published as I (1983), II (1984), III (1988), IV (1991), V (1995), VI (not yet published), VII (1998), VIII (2001), IX (2004), X-XIV (not yet published), XV (2009). Edited by Ian Jack and Margaret Smith.

1984. The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart. Volume II (Religious Poetry, 1763-1771) of six volumes, published as follows: I (1980), II (1984); III, IV (1987); V, VI (1996). Edited by Karina Williamson.

1984. The Complete Poetical Works of Thomas Hardy. Volume II (Satires of Circumstance, Moments of Vision, Late Lyrics and Earlier). Edited by Samuel Hynes. Five volumes. Volume I (1982), Volume II (1984), Volume (III) 1985, Volumes IV and V (1995).

1984. John Clare, The Natural History Prose Writings, 1793-1864. Edited by Margaret Grainger.

1985. Samuel Johnson, Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. Edited by J. D. Fleeman.

1985. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume XI (Good News for the Vilest of Men; The Advocateship of Jesus Christ). Edited by Richard L. Greaves and General Editor: Roger Sharrock. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1985. The Complete Poetical Works of Thomas Hardy. Volume III (Human Shows, Winter Words and Uncollected Poems). Edited by Samuel Hynes. Five volumes. Volume I (1982), Volume II (1984), Volume (III) 1985, Volumes IV and V (1995).

1986. John Clare, Poems of the Middle Period, 1822-1837. Volume II (Poems in Order of Manuscript). Edited by Eric Robinson , David Powell , and P. M. S. Dawson. The five volumes in this Middle periods set were published as Volume I 1996; Volume II 1986; Volume III 1998; Volume IV; 1998; Volume V 2003. See also Later Poems (1984), and Early Poems (1989).

1986. Lord Byron: The Complete Poetical Works. Volumes IV, V (Don Juan), of seven volumes, published as follows I, II (1980); III (1981); IV, V (1986); VI, VII (1991) Edited by Jerome J. McGann.

1986. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume V (The Barren Fig-Tree, The Strait Gate, The Heavenly Foot-Man). Edited by Graham Midgeley and General Editor: Roger Sharrock. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1986. James Thomson, Liberty, The Castle of Indolence, and Other Poems. Edited by James Sambrook.

1986. The Prose Works of Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke. Edited by John Gouws.

1987. The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart. Volume III (A Translation of the Psalms of David) IV (Miscellaneous Poems, English and Latin) of six volumes, published as follows: I (1980), II (1984); III, IV (1987); V, VI (1996). Edited by Karina Williamson.

1987. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume III (Christian Behaviour, The Holy City, The Resurrection of the Dead). Edited by J. Sears McGee and General Editor: Roger Sharrock. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1988. George Crabbe, The Complete Poetical Works. Three Volumes. Edited by Norma Dalrymple-Champneys and Arthur Pollard.

1988. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume X (Seasonable Counsel and A Discourse upon the Pharisee and the Publicane). Edited by Owen C. Watkins and General Editor: Roger Sharrock. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1988. John Bunyan, The Life and Death of Mr. Badman: Presented to the World in a Familiar Dialogue between Mr. Wiseman and Mr. Attentive. Edited by James F. Forrest and Roger Sharrock.

1988. English Wycliffite Sermons. Volume II. Edited by Anne Hudson. Set of five volumes published as I (1983), II (1988), III (1990), IV and V (1996).

1988. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. Volume III (Bells and Pomegranates I-VI: (Including 'Pippa Passes' and 'Dramatic Lyrics')) of at least fifteen volumes published as I (1983), II (1984), III (1988), IV (1991), V (1995), VI (not yet published), VII (1998), VIII (2001), IX (2004), X-XIV (not yet published), XV (2009). Edited by Ian Jack and Rowena Fowler.

1988. The Works of Thomas Southerne. Volume I and II. Edited by Robert Jordan and Harold Love

1988. The Works of George Farquhar. Volume I and II. Edited by Shirley Strum Kenny.

1989. The Early Poems of John Clare 1804–1822. Two volumes. Edited by Eric Robinson and David Powell. See also: Later Poems (1984), and Poems of the Middle Period (1986, 1996, 1998, 1998, 2003).

1989. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume VII (Solomon's Temple Spiritualized, The House of the Forest of Lebanon, The Water of Life). Edited by Graham Midgeley and General Editor: Roger Sharrock. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1989. The Works of George Savile, Marquis of Halifax. Three volumes. Edited by Mark N. Brown.

1989. Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living and Holy Dying. Volume I (Holy Living), Volume II (Holy Dying). Edited by P. G. Stanwood.

1989. Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy. Volume I ('The First Partition') Edited by Thomas C. Faulkner, Nicholas K. Kiessling, Rhonda L. Blair, and With an Introduction by J. B. Bamborough. Initially projected as three volumes of text and two of commentary, the edition was eventually completed in six volumes, three of text and three of commentary, as follows: Volume 1 (1989), Volume II (1990), Volume III (1994), Volume IV (1998), Volumes V and VI (2000).

1990–1999

1990. Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy. Volume II ('The Second Partition') Edited by Nicolas K. Kiessling, Thomas C. Faulkner, and Rhonda L. Blair. Initially projected as three volumes of text and two of commentary, the edition was eventually completed in six volumes, three of text and three of commentary, as follows: Volume 1 (1989), Volume II (1990), Volume III (1994), Volume IV (1998), Volumes V and VI (2000).

1990. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume IV (A Defence of the Doctrine of Justification, A Confession of My Faith, Differences in Judgment About Water-Baptism, Peaceable Principles and True, A Case of Conscience Resolved, Questions About the Nature and Perpetuity of the Seventh-Day-Sabbath). Edited by T. L. Underwood and General Editor: Roger Sharrock. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1990. English Wycliffite Sermons. Volume III. Edited by Anne Hudson. Set of five volumes published as I (1983), II (1988), III (1990), IV and V (1996).

1990. The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe. Volumes I (All Ovids Elegies, Lucans First Booke, Dido Queene of Carthage, Hero and Leander), and II (Dr Faustus) of five volumes published as I, II (1990). III (1994), IV (1995), V (1998). Edited by Roma Gill.

1991. Lord Byron: The Complete Poetical Works. Volumes VI, VII, of seven volumes, published as follows I, II (1980); III (1981); IV, V (1986); VI, VII (1991) Edited by Jerome J. McGann.

1991. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. Volume IV (Bells and Pomegranates VII–VIII) of at least fifteen volumes published as I (1983), II (1984), III (1988), IV (1991), V (1995), VI (not yet published), VII (1998), VIII (2001), IX (2004), X-XIV (not yet published), XV (2009). Edited by Ian Jack, Rowena Fowler, and Margaret Smith.

1991. Lord Byron: The Complete Miscellaneous Prose. Edited by Andrew Nicholson.

1993, The Dramatic Works of George Lillo. Edited by James L. Steffensen, with the assistance of Richard Noble.

1994 The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe. Volume III (Edward II),of five volumes published as I, II (1990). III (1994), IV (1995), V (1998). Edited by Richard Rowland.

1994. The Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan. Volume XII (The Acceptable Sacrifice; Last Sermon; An Exposition of the Ten First Chapters of Genesis; Of Justification; Paul's Departure; Of the Trinity; Of the Law; A Mapp...of Salvation and Damnation), and Volume XIII (Israel's Hope Encouraged; The Desire of the Righteous Granted; The Saints Privilege and Profit; Christ a Compleat Saviour; The Saints Knowledge of Christ's Love; Of Antichrist, and His Ruine). Edited by W. R. Owens and General Editor: Roger Sharrock. Set of thirteen volumes published as: Volume I (1980), Volume II (1976), Volume III (1987), Volume IV (1990), Volume V (1986), Volume VI (1980), Volume VII (1989), Volume VIII (1979), Volume IX (1981), Volume X (1988), Volume XI (1985), Volumes XII and XIII (1994).

1994. Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy. Volume III ('The Third Partition'). Edited by Thomas C. Faulkner, Nicolas K. Kiessling, and Rhonda L. Blair. Initially projected as three volumes of text and two of commentary, the edition was eventually completed in six volumes, three of text and three of commentary, as follows: Volume 1 (1989), Volume II (1990), Volume III (1994), Volume IV (1998), Volumes V and VI (2000).

1995. The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe. Volume IV (The Jew of Malta), of five volumes published as I, II (1990). III (1994), IV (1995), V (1998). Edited by Roma Gill.

1995. The Complete Poetical Works of Thomas Hardy. Volume IV (The Dynasts, Parts First and Second), Volume V (The Dynasts, Part Third; The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall; The Play of "Saint George"; "O Jan, O Jan, O Jan"). Edited by Samuel Hynes. Five volumes. Volume I (1982), Volume II (1984), Volume (III) 1985, Volumes IV and V (1995).

1995. The Poems of William Cowper. Volumes II (1782–1785), III (1785–1800) of three volumes, published as follows I (1980), II, III (1995).

1995. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. Volume V (Men and Women) of at least fifteen volumes published as I (1983), II (1984), III (1988), IV (1991), V (1995), VI (not yet published), VII (1998), VIII (2001), IX (2004), X-XIV (not yet published), XV (2009). Edited by Ian Jack and Robert Inglesfield.

1996. John Clare, Poems of the Middle Period, 1822-1837. Volume I (The Shepherd's Calendar, Village Stories and Other Poems). Edited by Eric Robinson , David Powell , and P. M. S. Dawson. The five volumes in this Middle periods set were published as Volume I 1996; Volume II 1986; Volume III 1998; Volume IV; 1998; Volume V 2003. See also Later Poems (1984), and Early Poems (1989).

1996. The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart. Volumes V (The Works of Horace, Translated Into Verse) VI (A Poetical Translation of the Fables of Phaedrus) of six volumes, published as follows: I (1980), II (1984); III, IV (1987); V, VI (1996). Edited by Karina Williamson.

1996. English Wycliffite Sermons. Volumes IV and V. Edited by Anne Hudson. Set of five volumes published as I (1983), II (1988), III (1990), IV and V (1996).

1996. The Poems of Emily Brontë. Edited by Derek Roper and Edward Chitham.

1997. The Poems of A. E Housman. Edited by Archie Burnett.

1998. John Clare: Poems of the Middle Period, 1822-1837. Volume III (The Midsummer Cushion). Edited by Eric Robinson, David Powell, and P. M. S. Dawson. The five volumes in this Middle periods set were published as Volume I 1996; Volume II 1986; Volume III 1998; Volume IV; 1998; Volume V 2003. See also Later Poems (1984), and Early Poems (1989).

1998. John Clare: Poems of the Middle Period, 1822-1837. Volume IV. (The Midsummer Cushion Peterorough Manuscript A40 Northamption Manuscript 18 Pforzheimer Library, Miscellaneous Manuscript 196). Edited by Eric Robinson, David Powell, and P. M. S. Dawson. The five volumes in this Middle periods set were published as Volume I 1996; Volume II 1986; Volume III 1998; Volume IV; 1998; Volume V 2003. See also Later Poems (1984), and Early Poems (1989).

1998. The Poems and Translations of Sir Richard Fanshawe. Volume I. Edited by Peter Davidson. Set of two volumes published as Volume I (1998), Volume II (1999).

1998. The Collected Works of Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke. Volume I (Poems, Translations, and Correspondence), Volume II (The Psalmes of David). Edited with Introduction and Commentary by Margaret P. Hannay, Noel J. Kinnamon, and Michael G. Brennan.

1998. The Complete Works of Christopher Marlowe. Volume V (Tamburlaine the Great, Parts 1 and 2, and The Massacre at Paris with the Death of the Duke of Guise), of five volumes published as I, II (1990). III (1994), IV (1995), V (1998). Edited by David Fuller and Edward J. Esche.

1998. Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy. Volume IV (Commentary up to Part 1, Section 2, Member 3, Subsection 15, 'Misery of Schollers') J. B. Bamborough with Martin Dodsworth. Initially projected as three volumes of text and two of commentary, the edition was eventually completed in six volumes, three of text and three of commentary, as follows: Volume 1 (1989), Volume II (1990), Volume III (1994), Volume IV (1998), Volumes V and VI (2000).

1998. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. Volume VII (The Ring and the Book, Books I-IV) of at least fifteen volumes published as I (1983), II (1984), III (1988), IV (1991), V (1995), VI (not yet published), VII (1998), VIII (2001), IX (2004), X-XIV (not yet published), XV (2009). Edited by Stefan Hawlin and T. A. J. Burnett.

1999. The Works of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Edited by Harold Love.

1999. The Poems and Translations of Sir Richard Fanshawe. Volume II. Edited by Peter Davidson. Set of two volumes published as Volume I (1998), Volume II (1999).

2000–2009

2000. Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy. Volume V (Commentary from Part. 1, Sect. 2, Memb. 4, Subs. 1 to the End of the Second Partition)  and Volume VI: (Commentary on the Third Partition, together with Biobibliographical and Topical Indexes) J. B. Bamborough and Martin Dodsworth. Initially projected as three volumes of text and two of commentary, the edition was eventually completed in six volumes, three of text and three of commentary, as follows: Volume 1 (1989), Volume II (1990), Volume III (1994), Volume IV (1998), Volumes V and VI (2000).

2001. George Gascoigne, A Hundreth Sundrie Flowers. Edited by G. W. Pigman.

2001. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. Volume VIII (The Ring and the Book, Books V-VIII) of at least fifteen volumes published as I (1983), II (1984), III (1988), IV (1991), V (1995), VI (not yet published), VII (1998), VIII (2001), IX (2004), X-XIV (not yet published), XV (2009). Edited by Stefan Hawlin and Tim Burnett.

2001. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. Volume I (Poems and Poems in Prose). Edited by Edited by Bobby Fong, Karl Beckson, and Introduction by Ian Small. The number of volumes projected is unknown to me.

2003. John Clare: Poems of the Middle Period, 1822-1837. Volume V. Edited by Eric Robinson, David Powell, and P. M. S. Dawson. The five volumes in this Middle periods set were published as Volume I 1996; Volume II 1986; Volume III 1998; Volume IV; 1998; Volume V 2003. See also Later Poems (1984), and Early Poems (1989).

2004. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. Volume IX (The Ring and the Book, Books IX-XII) of at least fifteen volumes published as I (1983), II (1984), III (1988), IV (1991), V (1995), VI (not yet published), VII (1998), VIII (2001), IX (2004), X-XIV (not yet published), XV (2009). Edited by Stefan Hawlin and Tim Burnett.

2004. The Plays and Poems of Isaac Rosenberg. Edited by Vivien Noakes.

2004. The Works of Mary Leapor. Edited by Richard Greene and Ann Messenger.

2005. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. Volume II (De Profundis; Epistola: In Carcere et Vinculis) Edited by Ian Small; and Volume III (The Picture of Dorian Gray: The 1890 and 1891 Texts) Edited by Joseph Bristow and Ian Small.

2006. Samuel Johnson, The Lives of the Poets. Four volumes. Edited by Roger Lonsdale.

2006. Lancelot Andrewes, Selected Sermons and Lectures. Edited by Peter McCullough.

2007. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. Volume IV (Criticism: Historical Criticism, Intentions, The Soul of Man) Edited by Josephine M. Guy.

2007. Plays, Poems and Miscellaneous Writings associated with George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham. Edited in two volumes by Robert D. Hume and Harold Love. Including Sir Politick Would-be, edited by Wallace Kirsop and translated by H. Gaston Hall.

2007. New Writings of William Hazlitt. Two volumes. Edited by Duncan Wu.

2008. The Complete Works of John Milton. Volume II (The 1671 Poems: Paradise Regain'd and Samson Agonistes) Edited by Laura Lunger Knoppers. The full intended extent of this edition is not known to me: Volumes II (2008), III (2012), VI (2013), and VIII (2012) have been published so far, according to the OUP website.

2009. The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. Volume XV (Parleyings and Asolando) of at least fifteen volumes published as I (1983), II (1984), III (1988), IV (1991), V (1995), VI (not yet published), VII (1998), VIII (2001), IX (2004), X-XIV (not yet published), XV (2009). Edited by Stefan Hawlin and Michael Meredith.

2010–2019

2011. The Works of William Congreve. Three volumes. Edited by D. F. McKenzie.

2011. Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition. Volume I (Autobiographies) edited by Guy Cuthbertson, and II (England and Wales) edited by Guy Cuthbertson and Lucy Newlyn, of five volumes published as follows (I, II (2011), III (2018), IV (not yet published), V (2017).

2011. The Collected Works of John Ford. Volume I, edited by Gilles Monsarrat, Brian Vickers, and R. J. C. Watt. Published as Volume I (2011), Volume II and III (2017).

2011. The Works of Lucy Hutchinson. Volume 1, Part 1. (The Translation of Lucretius: Introduction and Text). Edited by Ashley Reid Barbour, David Norbrook, and Maria Cristina Zerbino.

2011.The Works of Lucy Hutchinson. Volume 1, Part 2 (The Translation of Lucretius: Commentary, Bibliography, and Index). Edited by Ashley Reid Barbour and David Norbrook.

2012. The Complete Works of John Milton. Volume III (The Shorter Poems) Edited by Barbara Kiefer Lewalski and Estelle Haan. The full intended extent of this edition is not known to me: Volumes II (2008), III (2012), VI (2013), and VIII (2012) have been published so far, according to the OUP website.

2012. The Complete Works of John Milton. Volume VIII (De Doctrina Christiana). Edited with introduction, commentary, and notes by John K. Hale, and J. Donald Cullington. Additional material by Gordon Campbell, and Thomas N. Corns. The full intended extent of this edition is not known to me: Volumes II (2008), III (2012), VI (2013), and VIII (2012) have been published so far, according to the OUP website.

2013. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. Volume V (Plays I: The Duchess of Padua, Salomé: Drame en un Acte, Salome: Tragedy in One Act) edited by Joseph Donohue; and Volume VI (Journalism I) edited by John Stokes and Mark Turner; and Volume VII (Journalism II), edited by John Stokes and Mark Turner.

2013. The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick. Two volumes. Edited by Tom Cain and Ruth Connolly.

2013. The Complete Works of John Milton. Volume VI (Vernacular Regicide and Republican Writings) Edited with Introduction, notes and Commentary by N. H. Keeble and Nicholas McDowell. The full intended extent of this edition is not known to me: Volumes II (2008), III (2012), VI (2013), and VIII (2012) have been published so far, according to the OUP website.

2014. The Letters of William Godwin. Volume II (1798–1805), of two volumes, published as I (2011) and II (2014).

2014. The Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns. Volume I: Commonplace Books, Tour Journals, and Miscellaneous Prose. Edited by Nigel Leask. Published as as Volume I (2014), Volume II (2018), Volume III (2018), Volume IV (Forthcoming 2021).

2016. The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder. Volume I (Prose). Edited by Jason Powell. The first of a planned two volumes.

2017. Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition. Volume V (Critical Studies: Swinburne and Pater), of five volumes, published as follows (I, II (2011), III (2018), IV (not yet published), V (2017). Edited by Francis O'Gorman.

2017. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. Volume VIII (The Short Fiction). Edited by Ian Small.

2017. The Collected Works of John Ford. Volume II, edited by Brian Vickers. Published as Volume I (2011), Volume II and III (2017).

2017. The Collected Works of John Ford. Volume III, edited by Brian Vickers, Christopher Adams, N. W. Bawcutt, Marcus Dahl, Eleanor Lowe, Martin Wiggins, and Rowland Wymer. Published as Volume I (2011), Volume II and III (2017).

2017. The Poetry of Charles Cotton. Two volumes. Edited by Paul Hartle.

2018. Edward Thomas: Prose Writings: A Selected Edition. Volume III (Biographies: Richard Jefferies and George Borrow) of five volumes, published as follows (I, II (2011), III (2018), IV (not yet published), V (2017). Edited by Jem Poster.

2018. The Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns. Volumes II and III. The Scots Musical Museum. Edited by Murray Pittock. Published as as Volume I (2014), Volume II (2018), Volume III (2018), Volume IV (Forthcoming 2021).

2019. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. Volume IX (Plays 2: Lady Lancing); Volume X (Plays 3: The Importance of Being Earnest). Edited by Joseph Donohue.

2021. The Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns. Volume IV. Robert Burns's Songs for George Thomson. Edited by Kirsteen McCue. Published as as Volume I (2014), Volume II (2018), Volume III (2018), Volume IV (Forthcoming 2021).

2021. The Complete Works of James Shirley Volume VII. "The Constant Maid", "The Doubtful Heir", "The Gentlemen of Venice", and "The Politician". Edited by Eugene Giddens and Teresa Grant. Forthcoming September 2021.