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Fame and Failure 1720–1800
The Unfulfilled Literary Life

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  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107042223

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  • Adam Rounce presents a colourful and unusual history of eighteenth-century British literature, exploring ideas of fame through writers who failed to achieve the literary success they so desired. Recounting the experiences of less canonical writers, including Richard Savage, Anna Seward and Percival Stockdale, Rounce discusses the inefficacy of apparent literary success, the forms of vanity and folly often found in failed authorship, and the changing perception of literary reputation from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the emergence of Romanticism. The book opens up new ways of thinking about the nature of literary success and failure, given the post-Romantic idea of the doomed creative genius, and provides an alternative narrative to critical accounts of the famous and successful.

    • Proposes an alternative history of eighteenth-century British literature, looking at fame, failure and the meaning of creativity
    • Offers comprehensive accounts of less canonical literary figures from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the emergence of Romanticism
    • Features the careers of Richard Savage, William Dodd, Anna Seward and Percival Stockdale
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    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107042223
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: motion without progress
    1. An author to be let
    2. The exemplary failure of Dr Dodd
    3. Anna Seward's cruel times
    4. Percival Stockdale's alternative literary history.

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    Adam Rounce, University of Nottingham
    Adam Rounce is a Lecturer at the University of Nottingham. He has written on various seventeenth- and eighteenth-century writers, including Dryden, Johnson, Pope, Akenside, Cowper, Warburton and Wilkes. He is also co-editor of two volumes for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift.

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