Description - Reliques of Ancient English Poetry by Thomas Percy
A seminal text in English literature, the Reliques is a collection of ballads, songs, romances and historical poetry, annotated with Percy's literary-antiquarian observations. The Reliques profoundly influenced writers from Thomas Chatterton to Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats, and the Pre-Raphaelites. Works such as Scott's Waverley Novels and Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads would not have been possible without Percy's pioneering collection. The publication of the Reliques marked the precise point at which early eighteenth-century neo-classicism became late eighteenth-century Gothic Romanticism, and it encouraged the revival of interest in national folklore across Europe. Until now the first edition has not been available to scholars of the eighteenth century and British and European Romanticism. A superb example period of publishing it contains additional scarce proofsheets, excluded from the original edition, and a new critical and bibliographical introduction by Nick Groom, an authority on Percy's life and work.
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(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Routledge/Thoemmes Press, an imprint of Taylor & F
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