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John Clare : A Literary Life - Roger Sales

John Clare

A Literary Life

Paperback Published: 13th December 2001
ISBN: 9780333652718
Number Of Pages: 195

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This book situates John Clare's long, prolific but often badly neglected literary life within the wider cultural histories of the Regency and earlier Victorian periods. The first half considers the construction of the Regency peasant-poet and how Clare performed this role on stages such as the London Magazine. It also looks at the way in which it went out of fashion as Regency mentalities were replaced by early Victorian ones. The second half recreates asylum culture and places Clare's performances as Regency boxers and Lord Byron within this bleak new world.

'The historical and literary life around Clare has never been rendered with such masterful and polemical colour, nor with such a plethora of fascinating characters. Few writers on Clare can claim the range and vitality of Sales' extraordinary style. And what is more, there are innumerable fresh and provocative ideas here, many of them eminently quotable, and from which countless essays and theses will spring. For students and readers of Clare, this is an essential text.' Simon Kovesi, Oxford Brookes University, John Clare Society Journal

'A brilliant short polemic on the Regency underworld of dodgy poetry publishing, celebrity journalism and improving lunatic asylums; - Richard Holmes in The Guardian Review 'Books of the Year'

A Cage Glass all Round: Dilettante Patrons and Literary Philanthropists
That Man I Would Have Him to Be: Public Relations and Peasant Poetry
The Importance of Being Earnest: Manly Artisans and Sincere Sages
High, Flighty and Frolicsome: Mad Poets and Moral Managers
A Government Prison where Harmless People are Trapped: Regency Poets and Victorian Asylums
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ISBN: 9780333652718
ISBN-10: 0333652711
Series: Literary Life
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 195
Published: 13th December 2001
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1