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De Quincey's Romanticism
Canonical Minority and the Forms of Transmission

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521030502

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  • Margaret Russett uses the example of Thomas De Quincey, the nineteenth-century essayist best remembered for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and his memoirs of Wordsworth and Coleridge, to examine the idea of the "minor" author, and how it is related to what we now call the Romantic canon. Situating De Quincey's writing in relation to the "major" poets he promoted, as well as the essays of Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt, and others, Russett shows how De Quincey helped to shape the canon by which his career was defined.

    • Exciting insights into Romanticism and its canon through study of a central but 'minor' figure
    • First study of De Quincey to address his 'minor' status and to connect this with the broader issue of canon-formation
    • Combination of theoretical insight and textual focus leads to alternative perspectives on the work of some of Romanticism's major figures
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    "Russett's impressive study is a shining addition to a growing corpus of fine criticism devoted to a writer whose minor standing has paradoxically become the hallmark of his considerable distinction." Nineteenth-Century Literature

    "...Russett's book is a smart, illuminating examintation of the role minor writing plays in the production of the Romantic canon." Romantic Circles Reviews

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521030502
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. Conversions: Wordsworth's gothic interpreter
    2. Transmissions: composing The Convention of Cintra
    3. Impersonations: the magazinist as minor author
    4. Reproductions: opium, prostitution and poetry
    5. Appropriations: the counter-lives of the poet
    Epilogue: minor Romanticism
    Notes
    Index.

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    Margaret Russett, University of Southern California

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