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John Clare

Edited by Eric Robinson

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Categories: 19th Century
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Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • John Clare was a defining voice of the rural poetic tradition. His story was first set down more than two centuries ago and has captured the imagination of the reading public ever since. it is told most vividly and poignantly in Clare's own words.

    This volume brings together, in definitive form, all Clare's important autobiographical writing. His Journal is set alongside his Sketches and 'Autobiographical Fragments' as well as his famous 'Journey out of Essex'. Maps of Clare's countryside are also included, as are his will and extracts from his asylum letters. Clare appears here as ploughboy, gardener's boy and militiaman; as lover and husband, acquaintance of Hazlitt, Lamb and Coleridge and finally, as inmate in an asylum: his manifold personas emerge with great freshness from this remarkable book.


    Edited by Eric Robinson and David Powell with wood engravings by John Lawrence

    Introduction

    Sketches in the Life of John Clare
    More Hints in the Life etc
    Autobiographical Fragments
    Appendix: Clare's Notes for his Autobiography
    John Clare's Journal
    Some Brief Observations
    Memorandums
    Clare's Will and Related Observations
    Business Dealings with Edward Drury and John Taylor
    The Will o Whisp or Jack a Lanthorn
    A Remarkable Dream
    'Closes of greensward...'
    Journey out of Essex
    Asylum Observations
    Letter to Matthew Allen, c.27 August 1841
    Self Identity
    Autumn
    Letters and Notes of the Northampton Period

    Notes
    Glossary
    Index


    Maps
    Clare's Countryside
    Journey out of Essex
    John Clare
    John Clare (1793-1864): Born the son of a thresher at Helpston, Northamptonshire, John Clare is a rural poet and story teller. He is a poet of spiritual originality, as compelling at his best as Crabbe and Wordsworth as a story teller in verse. He was an assiduous practitioner of the sonnet ... read more
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