The Making of Percys Reliques

Hardcover | September 1, 1999

byNick Groom

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Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) is one of the founding texts of English literature, and epoch-making collection of historical and lyrical ballads that defined the canon of popular poetry. It dramatically influenced Romanticism and the writing of Wordsworth andColeridge, Walter Scott, and even Lewis Carroll. This is the first monograph devoted to Percy's seminal work. In The Making of Percys Reliques, Nick Groom vividly reconstructs pioneering antiquarianism and its processes of collecting, transcribing, and collating. With meticulous scholarship, he unravels Percy's working methods, examining his correspondence, library, and papers - as well as his friendshipswith scholars like Samuel Johnson. This microbibliographical analysis takes literary history and critical theory in significant new directions. As Groom shows, the creation about historical sources and the origins of Englishness, and the practices of eighteenth-century editing were intertwined withthemes as diverse as gardening, nightingales, forgery, and cannibalism.

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Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) is one of the founding texts of English literature, and epoch-making collection of historical and lyrical ballads that defined the canon of popular poetry. It dramatically influenced Romanticism and the writing of Wordsworth andColeridge, Walter Scott, and even Lewis Carroll. Thi...

Lecturer in English, University of Exeter, 1994

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019818459X

ISBN - 13:9780198184591

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Ballad and Literary AntiquarianismMacpherson and PercyThe Genesis of the ReliquesThe Making of the ReliquesPrinting the ReliquesConclusion

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`Nick Groom's microbibliographical analysis of The Making of Percy's Relique's is extraordinarily detailed, yet lucid and entertaining.'Katherine Turner, TLS 26/11/99