By Roger Sales
This publication situates John Clare's lengthy, prolific yet usually badly missed 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 phases akin to the London journal. It additionally appears to be like on the means during which it went out of favor as Regency mentalities have been changed by way of early Victorian ones. the second one part recreates asylum tradition and areas Clare's performances as Regency boxers and Lord Byron inside of this bleak new world. Read more...
summary: This e-book situates John Clare's lengthy, prolific yet usually badly overlooked literary lifestyles in the wider cultural histories of the Regency and prior Victorian sessions. the 1st part considers the development of the Regency peasant-poet and the way Clare played this function on phases comparable to the London journal. It additionally appears to be like on the method within which it went out of style as Regency mentalities have been changed through early Victorian ones. the second one part recreates asylum tradition and locations Clare's performances as Regency boxers and Lord Byron inside of this bleak new global
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Given his mixture of shyness and arrogance, this was a particularly hard thing for him to write. He found the whole of this experience with Henson acutely embarrassing: ‘I detested the thoughts of Subscription as being little better then begging money from people that knew nothing of their purchase’ (AW, p. 17). Bloomfield’s death in 1823 prompted him to make another attack on publication by subscription, contrasting the fate of a true genius with the attention paid to hacks and hackettes with subscription lists ‘belarded as thickly with my Lord this & my Lady tother as if they were the choicest geniuses nature ever gave birth too’ (LJC, p.
This also describes, as will be seen, Clare’s relationship with Byron who nevertheless, to be fair, admired some of Kirke White’s work when he found out about it. Southey, the literary undertaker, decided that he could raise money for this particular dead poet’s family through the publication of Poetical Works and Remains of Henry Kirke White, with a Life by Robert Southey (1807). He liked to work his own name into titles, as has already been seen with Jones’s volume. Southey’s commercial instincts were correct: the first edition sold out relatively quickly and had to be reprinted several times.
As will be seen, the commercial publisher who believed in the market and one of the aristocratic patrons, Lord Radstock, who believed in conspicuous philanthropy, did not see eye to eye. Clare thought that dedication hunting was worse than fox-hunting. He had to put his reservations about publication by subscription on hold later on in his career as this seemed, initially, to be the only way that he could get a fourth volume published. With help from friends, he was able to collect about 200 firm promises of purchase, but was in the event able to sell the copyright (for forty pounds) instead.
John Clare: A Literary Life by Roger Sales