John Clare and the Imagination of the Reader, by Chirico, Paul
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- ISBN: 9780230517639 | 0230517633
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 8/15/2007
This broad and original study of the full range of John Clare's work is the first to take seriously his repeated appeals to the judgement of future readers. Restoring the suppressed history of Clare's deep cultural engagement, it teases out, in clear terms, the often unexpected complexities of his varied writings. A series of close readings reveals Clare's sophisticated poetics: his covert quotations, his careful analysis of the history and culture of his own place, and his fascination with literary success and posthumous fame.