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John Clare
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John Clare

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John Clare by Jonathan Bate

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  • Winner of James Tait Black Memorial Book Prizes: Biography 2005.

Book Description

'What distinguished Clare is an unspectacular joy and a love for the inexorable one-thing-after-anotherness of the world' Seamus Heaney John Clare (1793-1864) was a great Romantic poet, with a name to rival that of Blake, Byron, Wordsworth or Shelley -- and a life to match. The 'poet's poet', he has a place in the national pantheon and, more tangibly, a plaque in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner, unveiled in 1989. Here at last is Clare's full story, from his birth in poverty and employment as an agricultural labourer, via his burgeoning promise as a writer -- cultivated under the gaze of rival patrons -- and moment of fame, in the company of John Keats, as the toast of literary London, to his final decline into mental illness and the last years of his life, confined in asylums. Clare's ringing voice -- quick-witted, passionate, vulnerable, courageous -- emerges through extracts from his letters, journals, autobiographical writings and poems, as Jonathan Bate brings this complex man, his revered work and his ribald world, vividly to life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780330371124
ISBN-10: 0330371126
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 43mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publish Date: 18-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jonathan Bate

Jonathan Bate, born in 1958, is the author of The Genius of Shakespeare, Song of the Earth and a novel, The Cure for Love. He is the Leverhulme Research Professor of English at the University of Warwick and writes regularly for the Telegraph, the TLS and the Independent.

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