By Duncan Wu
Brimming with the interesting eccentricities of a fancy andconfusing circulate whose affects proceed to resonate deeply,30 nice Myths concerning the Romantics provides nice readability towhat we all know or imagine we all know approximately one ofthe most crucial sessions in literary heritage. * Explores some of the misconceptions in most cases linked withRomanticism, supplying provocative insights that right and clarifyseveral of the commonly-held myths concerning the key figures of thisera * Corrects a few of the biases and ideology concerning the Romanticsthat have crept into the 21st-century zeitgeist for examplethat they have been a number of drug-addled atheists who believed in freelove; that Blake used to be a madman; and that Wordsworth slept with hissister * Celebrates a number of of the mythic gadgets, characters, and ideasthat have handed down from the Romantics into modern tradition from Blake s Jerusalem and Keats sOde on a Grecian Urn to the literary style of thevampire * Engagingly written to supply readers with a enjoyable but scholarlyintroduction to Romanticism and key writers of the interval, applyingthe latest scholarship to the sequence of myths thatcontinue to form our appreciation in their paintings
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548. , London: Routledge, 2001), p. 177. 3 The Britannica Guide to World Literature: English Literature from the Restoration Through the Romantic Period, ed. J. E. Luebering (New York: Britannica Educational Publishing, 2011), p. 155. 4 David Simpson, ‘The French Revolution’, in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. v, Romanticism, ed. George Alexander Kennedy and Marshall Brown (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 49–70, 52. 5 ‘My First Acquaintance with Poets’, in The Selected Writings of William Hazlitt, ed.
624, 256. , p. 327. These are the figures given by Leonora Nattrass, William Cobbett: The Politics of Style (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), p. 3. 8 ‘Character of Cobbett’ in Table Talk; see The Selected Writings of William Hazlitt, ed. , London: Pickering & Chatto, 1998), vi. 43. 9 See, inter alia, Mark Harrison, Crowds and History: Mass Phenomena in English Towns, 1790–1835 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp. 240–1; John E. Archer, Social Unrest and Popular Protest in England, 1780–1840 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), ch.
Fitzpatrick, ‘The Enlightenment’, p. 308. Frances Ferguson points out literary affinities of Benthamite Utilitarianism in ‘Representation Restructured’, in The Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, ed. James Chandler (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 598–600. For Coleridge’s views on Franklin, Lavoisier, and Priestley, see Ian Wylie, Young Coleridge and the Philosophers of Nature (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989). Jane Stabler helpfully compares Coleridge’s understanding of Priestley with that of Barbauld in ‘Space for Speculation: Coleridge, Barbauld, and the Poetics of Priestley’, in Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life, ed.
30 Great Myths about the Romantics by Duncan Wu