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Waverley
Claire Lamont, Walter Scott
Lord Byron: The Major Works
George Gordon Byron, Jerome J. McGann

The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics)

The Major Works - Alexander Pope, Pat Rogers Didn't read everything in this, but the works I covered (An Essay on Criticism, An Essay on Man, The Rape of the Lock, Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady, Eloisa to Abelard, To Richard Boyle) were pretty nice. I'll probably come back for Dunciad later.
Endnotes were on my nerve as always, so this edition doesn't get the full score. Sorry, otherwise-cool-edition, but you were ruined by endnotes.

Stoner (New York Review Books Classics)

Stoner - John Edward Williams In each page, I could find something familiar; familiarity of the most intimate kind. I have so much in common with some of these characters and the way they speak, act and feel. Some of the conversations are so similar to those I have had in real life, often with nearly identical wording, that I wasn't sure if I was reading fiction or a book about my own life.
This is the kind of book in which everything is there for a purpose. Every paragraph, every description, every word has a significance. One could write a book about this work which would probably end up being thicker than the book itself.
I didn't really plan to read this book. It was not a part of my usual studies. Glad I didn't miss it though.

Titus Andronicus (Oxford World's Classics)

Titus Andronicus - Eugene M. Waith, William Shakespeare This is certainly the goriest of Shakespeare plays that I have read. By the third act, I was reading only to see Titus avenged and I was not disappointed.
This particular edition features an extensive 75-page introduction and comes with the history and the ballad that are related to this play (which precedes which is still in dispute among scholars).

The Canterbury Tales (Oxford Paperbacks)

The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer, David Wright There is so much one can do with a text like this. It can be analyzed from many different points of view, if you're an scholar; or it can be read just for pleasure, if you're a casual reader.
Wright's translation is an accessible one and as he declares himself at the end of the introduction "this version is not offered as any kind of substitute, but as an introductory prolusion to the real thing."
The modern reader might find some recurring themes throughout the tales irrelevant. Some can be even annoying. It's a fourteenth-century work so, religion and misogyny are all over it obviously. If you can look past such themes, there is a lot to enjoy though.

The Unknown Masterpiece (New York Review Books Classics)

The Unknown Masterpiece; and, Gambara - Richard Howard, Arthur C. Danto, Honoré de Balzac Loved this book. It's more poetry than prose. It's the kind of work that tempts you to read it aloud all the time. The only thing that keeps you from doing that, is the fear of being tagged a maniac. You can always read it aloud in your own mind though. It's your own little, almost mischievous, game that nobody can interfere with. What a delight!

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo - J.R.R. Tolkien Didn't care for the Pearl much; too religious for my taste. But the other two were really nice.
The appendix is quite useful and informative. You'd do well to read it before the actual poems. All in all, a great work from Tolkien, as always.