By Roger Sales (auth.)
This publication situates John Clare's lengthy, prolific yet usually badly ignored literary existence in the wider cultural histories of the Regency and previous Victorian sessions. the 1st part considers the development of the Regency peasant-poet and the way Clare played this position on levels akin to the London journal. It additionally appears to be like on the means within which it went out of style as Regency mentalities have been changed via early Victorian ones. the second one part recreates asylum tradition and locations Clare's performances as Regency boxers and Lord Byron inside this bleak new world.
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18 This plays a playful variation on the themes of English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809), in which Byron, real scholar and gent, taunts patrons and the reading public more generally for allowing wonder, curiosity and gossip to become substitutes for literary merit. Clare was annoyed at his highhanded treatment of Bloomfield in this poem. Byron’s position is as usual completely and utterly riddled with contradictions since his own gossipy style celebrates the very objects of his satire. He may have affected to be the scourge of marketable literary articles, yet this hardly prevented him from fashioning his own life and work into best-selling commodities.
Charlotte Richardson was a domestic servant from York who had two volumes of poetry published by subscription: Poems Written on Different Occasions (1806) and Poems Chiefly Composed During the Pressure of Severe Illness (1809). The money that she made from the publication of the first volume allowed her, after initial difficulties, to establish herself as a schoolteacher. There was never any question, or danger, of her becoming a professional writer. This was not in the script. Her success was the direct result of the patronage of Catherine Cappe, the widow of a prominent Unitarian minister.
Scott wanted to know the precise nature of Lockhart’s association with Blackwood’s: was he an editor or not? Lockhart, using Christie as a go-between towards the end of the quarrel, wanted Scott to apologise publicly for remarks which it 34 John Clare: A Literary Life seemed could be attributed to him. The London Magazine was often frothy and frivolous, camp and comic. The duel nevertheless provides a reminder of the dark side to literary politics. London fields The London Magazine entered the literary lists in 1820, defining itself to some extent in opposition to Blackwood’s, which had been in the field since 1817.
John Clare: A Literary Life by Roger Sales (auth.)