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Published: 27 July 2017

318 Pages | 7 illustrations


ISBN: 9780198733706

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Madness and the Romantic Poet

A Critical History

James Whitehead

  • Tells the story of how and why the idea of the 'Romantic mad poet' became popular in the nineteenth century
  • Examines poetry, nineteenth-century journalism, early literary criticism, biography, and medical and psychiatric literature
  • Discusses a range of scientific thinkers alongside major Romantic authors, including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Hazlitt, Lamb, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Keats, Byron, and John Clare
  • Historically rich and informed with suggestions for further research in field