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Romantic Tragedies: The Dark Employments of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Publication date February 20, 2014
Pages 318
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781107644076
ISBN-10 1107644070
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 9.25 in.
Original list price $29.99
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Troubled politically and personally, Wordsworth and Coleridge turned in 1797 to the London stage. Their tragedies, The Borderers and Osorio, were set in medieval Britain and early modern Spain to avoid the Lord Chamberlain's censorship. Drury Lane rejected both, but fifteen years later, Coleridge's revision, Remorse, had spectacular success there, inspiring Shelley's 1819 Roman tragedy, The Cenci, aimed for Covent Garden. Reeve Parker makes a striking case for the power of these intertwined works, written against British hostility to French republican liberties and Regency repression of home-grown agitation. Covertly, Remorse and The Cenci also turn against Wordsworth. Stressing the significance of subtly repeated imagery and resonances with Virgil, Shakespeare, Racine, Jean-François Ducis and Schiller, Parker's close readings, which are boldly imaginative and decidedly untoward, argue that at the heart of these tragedies lie powerful dramatic uncertainties driven by unstable passions - what he calls, adapting Coleridge's phrase for sorcery, 'dark employments'.

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9780521767118 | details & prices | 300 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $109.99
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