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George Crabbe : An English Life - Neil Powell

George Crabbe

An English Life

Paperback Published: 15th April 2004
ISBN: 9780712689991
Number Of Pages: 384

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George Crabbe is today most widely known as the author of PETER GRIMES, FROM THE BOROUGH (1810), one of a sequence of verse- narrative collections (the others include THE VILLAGE (1783), THE PARISH REGISTER (1807), TALES (1812) and TALES OF THE HALL (1819)), usually regarded as his major works. The reputation of that extraordinary poem has, however, tended to eclipse its equally fascinating author who was also a surgeon, a clergyman, a botanist, a novelist- an ambitious, resourceful and remarkably modern self- made professional man. Crabbe devoted his middle years to his children and to his increasingly ill wife, after whose death he embarked (at the age of sixty) on an astonishingly active and wide- ranging second life. George Crabbe: An English Life will for the first time, chart this extraordinary man's progress from an impoverished, provincial childhood to late eighteenth- century London society; thence through a sometimes unexpectedly turbulent career in Suffolk and Lincolnshire as country parson, ducal chaplain and natural historian; and on to the last twenty years when, as rector of Trowbridge in Wiltshire, he travelled widely, met the great literary figures of the early nineteenth- century and fell in love with some remarkable young women. Furthermore, this book will include a radical reinterpretation of some of his poetry and will provide a portrait of an unexpectedly attractive and eccentric character.

"Neil Powell's biography is both a persuasive character study and an astute reading of the poems. He brings Crabbe to life with deft touches of humour" Independent

The Sea and the River 1754-1768p. 1
The Surgeon's Apprentice 1768-1780p. 17
A Stranger in the City 1780-1782p. 49
The Duke's Chaplain 1782-1789p. 81
The Botanical Gardener 1789-1796p. 114
Telling Tales 1796-1809p. 146
In Search of Peter Grimes 1810p. 180
Life's Common Cares 1811-1814p. 204
Writing in the Dark 1814-1819p. 255
A Lusty Winter 1820-1832p. 322
Epilogue: The River and the Seap. 343
Acknowledgementsp. 347
Bibliographyp. 349
Notesp. 353
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780712689991
ISBN-10: 0712689990
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 15th April 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1