Nightmare Abbey; Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Nightmare Abbey; Crotchet Castle

byThomas Love PeacockIntroduction byRaymond Wright

Paperback | January 28, 1982

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Thomas Love Peacock is literature’s perfect individualist.

He has points in common with Aristophanes, Plato, Rabelais, Voltaire, and even Aldous Huxley, but resembles none of them; we can talk of the satirical novel of ideas, but his satire is too cheery and good-natured, his novel too rambling, and his ideas too jovially destructive for the label to stick.

A romantic in his youth and a friend of Shelley, he happily made hay of the romantic movement in Nightmare Abbey, clamping Coleridge, Byron, and Shelley himself in a kind of painless pillory. And in Crotchet Castle he did no less for the political economists, pitting his gifts of exaggeration and ridicule against scientific progress and March of Mind. Yet the romantic in him never died: the long, witty, and indecisive talk of his characters is set in wild, natural scenery which Peacock describes with true feeling.

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Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866) was born in Weymouth, the son of a London merchant. His schooling ended before he was thirteen and he became a clerk in a City office in London while beginning a close study of French, Italian and English literature. He also published several volumes of minor poetry through which he made the acquaintance...
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Title:Nightmare Abbey; Crotchet CastleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.71 × 4.98 × 0.64 inPublished:January 28, 1982Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140430458

ISBN - 13:9780140430455

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Considered one of the most individualistic writers of any age, Thomas Love Peacock’s work shares elements with the Greeks Plato and Aristophanes, humanists such as Voltaire and Rabelais and even Aldous Huxley yet remains in its own category entirely. These two novellas graphically illustrate Peacock’s unique mode of satire, tone and his singular handling and structuring of dialogue. Included in this Penguin Classic, Nightmare Abbey gently pokes fun at the Romantic movement of peers Shelly, Byron and Coleridge while Crotchet Castle takes scientific progress and political economists to task with wit and ridicule.