The Letters of Thomas Love Peacock: 1792-1827

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Clarendon Press, 2001 - Literary Collections - 554 pages
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'... edited with impressive scholarship... the footnotes... are exemplary' -The Keats-Shelley Review 16 (2002)'In addition to an eighty-page introduction, which digests Peacock's life and achievement, there is an an excellent index, and the book is produced in the impeccable tradition of the Clarendon Press' -The Keats-Shelley Review 16 (2002)'The publication of this exemplary edition - enhanced by a thorough introduction discussing Peacock's correspondents and the history of his manuscripts,... an invaluable twenty-page chronology of Peacock's life (really the outline of a more scholarly biography than has yet appeared), richly researched annotations, and an excellent index - opens a new era in Peacock studies' -Keats-Shelly Journal 51 (2002)'... he has provided students of Romanticism with the most important publication on Peacock since the Halliford Edition of his Works (1924-34)' -Keats-Shelley Journal 51 (2002)'The Letters of Thomas Love Peacock belongs in every research library and in the private collections of as many Romanticists as can afford it for the lasting value of it voluminous new evidence on the life of Peacock;... on the Shelleys and members of their circle; about the period covered by the correspondence it includes (1792-1866); and as a standard against which those editing letters of the period can measure their mastery of the materials with which they are involved.' -Keats-Shelley Journal 51 (2002)'The scholarship is evident in annotation that is enormously impressive... The notes are full of interest and Joukovsky makes his scholarship all the more useful by compiling a very fine index to the whole edition.' -Review of English StudiesThomas Love Peacock (1785-1866) was a lifelong and assiduous letter-writer at a time when the familiar letter was often virtually an art-form in itself. He had a wide circle of correspondents, and was a close friend of Shelley, whom he assisted over both personal and business affairs after Shelley's abandonment of his wife Harriet and departure to Italy. Friend also of many Radicals of the early nineteenth century, his letters often display the satiric wit of his published prose works such as Headlong Hall and Crotchet Castle. In the later part of his life he rose to high position in the East India Company's service, succeeding James Mill, under whom he had worked, as Examiner. This is the first time his extensive correspondence has been gathered together and given scholarly annotation: the two-volume edition will be invaluable both to students of Romantic literature and to historians of the period.

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Nicholas A. Joukovsky is at Pennsylvania State University.

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