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Book Title: Headlong Hall and Nightmare Abbey|
The author of the book: Thomas Love Peacock
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Reader ratings: 5.9
Edition: Wordsworth Edition
Date of issue: December 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9781853262784
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I've only read 'Nightmare Abbey' so far, unfortunately. Having read selected works of some of the Romantics lampooned in this satire, I suppose one appreciates the comedy better. Mr Flosky, as a parody of Coleridge, is not too bad at all. pp. 122 - 126 (this edition) really slags off Coleridge's leaning towards obscurantism and esoteric German systems of thought. For those who've read 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' or perhaps 'Biographia Literaria', taking sides with Peacock is not fanciful or silly at all. And then we have a mockery of the melancholia so prevalent in the Romantics -- or so it seems to Peacock -- plus an attack on the public taste for the Gothic. The entire work is best appreciated by some knowledge of the Romantic movement, really, which is perhaps why -- ironically, in a way -- Peacock is little known today.
Edition wise, I don't believe there is a standard scholarly edition of Peacock's works, let alone a decent paperback published by the traditional semi-academic imprints (videlicet Penguin, Oxford, J. M. Dent Everyman, &c.), ergo the only choice really. Typical of Wordsworth Classics, there is just a short, anonymous introduction and a laconic biographical sketch. No other editorial matter, unfortunately. The type's rather small, which is not unexpected of a pence-for-paperbacks publisher like Wordsworth.
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Read information about the authorEnglish novelist and poet. For most of his life Peacock worked for the East India Co. He was a close friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley, who greatly inspired his writing. His best verse is interspersed in his novels, which are dominated by the conversations of their characters and satirize the intellectual currents of the day. His best-known work, Nightmare Abbey (1818), satirizes romantic melancholy and includes characters based on Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Lord Byron.
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