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The Making of Percy's Reliques : Oxford English Monographs - Nick Groom

The Making of Percy's Reliques

Oxford English Monographs

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780198184591
Number Of Pages: 304

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Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) is one of the founding texts of English literature, and epoch-making collection of historical and lyrical ballads that defined the canon of popular poetry. It dramatically influenced Romanticism and the writing of Wordsworth and Coleridge, Walter Scott, and even Lewis Carroll. This is the first monograph devoted to Percy's seminal work. In The Making of Percys Reliques, Nick Groom vividly reconstructs pioneering antiquarianism and its processes of collecting, transcribing, and collating. With meticulous scholarship, he unravels Percy's working methods, examining his correspondence, library, and papers - as well as his friendships with scholars like Samuel Johnson. This microbibliographical analysis takes literary history and critical theory in significant new directions. As Groom shows, the creation about historical sources and the origins of Englishness, and the practices of eighteenth-century editing were intertwined with themes as diverse as gardening, nightingales, forgery, and cannibalism.

Industry Reviews

`Written in an elegant and readable style, Groom's book is filled with much substantial, never gratuously erudite, scholarship. More importantly it provides a unique occasion to rediscover a text that prefigures the contradictions, innovations and concerns of a whole cultural phase as one of the founding, epoch-making texts of British as well as European Romantic culture.' Diego Saglia, British Asoc. for Romatic Studies, Issue 17, March 2000. `Groom's study captures Percy's adaptation of new ideas of authenticity circulating in the mid-to-late eighteenth century ... Theory never encumbers Groom's discussions but usefully blends in with them.' Diego Saglia, British Asoc. for Romatic Studies, Issue 17, March 2000. `The first book-length study of Thomas Percy's Reliques to appear for a long time ... Particularly interesting is the reconstruction of the different professional contacts established by Persy during the 'making' of his collection with intellectuals as diverse as William Shakespeare and Samuel Johnson.' Diego Saglia, British Asoc. for Romatic Studies, Issue 17, March 2000. `Nick Groom's microbibliographical analysis of The Making of Percy's Relique's is extraordinarily detailed, yet lucid and entertaining.' Katherine Turner, TLS 26/11/99

Introduction The Ballad and Literary Antiquarianism Macpherson and Percy The Genesis of the Reliques The Making of the Reliques Printing the Reliques Conclusion

ISBN: 9780198184591
ISBN-10: 019818459X
Series: Oxford English Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.46