A Brief History of English Literature by John Peck

By John Peck

A quick historical past of English Literature presents a full of life introductory advisor to English literature from Beowulf to the current day. The authors write of their usually lucid sort which permits the reader to have interaction totally with the narrative and simply comprehend the texts with regards to the social, political and cultural contexts during which they have been written. A masterpiece of readability and compression, this e-book is a must-have for an individual drawn to the background of literature from the British Isles.

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Conclusion Biographers aim at historical truth, but they must create artistic illusion. Moreover, theirs is an illusion that threatens to become a delusion, for authorial empathy leads them, just as it leads novelists, to project themselves into their subjects. Moreover, the biographer is rarely able to work objectively. All life stories are written in a maelstrom, and all facts ferreted out over someone’s objections. Even worse, the biographer always lacks essential information. As Freud said, ‘Whoever undertakes to write a biography binds himself to lying, to concealment, to hypocrisy, to flummery, and even to hiding his own lack of understanding, since biographical material is not to be had and if it were it could not be used.

She grew further incensed in early 1869 when she read Teresa Guiccioli’s My Recollections of Lord Byron and Those of EyeWitnesses of His Life, which she thought gave too favourable a picture of Byron and slighted his wife. Mrs Stowe then inaugurated a campaign of fury against Byron by publishing a twenty-page article in the September 1869 editions of Macmillan’s Magazine and the Atlantic Monthly titled ‘The True Story of Lady Byron’s Life’. Mrs Stowe’s defence of her friend consisted in an attempt to demonstrate that Byron had been guilty of incest with his half-sister, Augusta Leigh, and that Lady Byron had gone to her grave as a martyr to her estranged husband’s egotism and perversity.

Shelley had drowned, the journal project disintegrated, and so did Hunt’s relations with Byron, on whom he vented his frustration in an act of character assassination that did serious damage to Byron’s reputation. After the death of Lady Caroline Lamb in 1828, her friend and collaborator Isaac Nathan published Fugitive Pieces and Reminiscences of Lord Byron: Containing an Entire New Edition of the Hebrew Melodies . . also some Original Poetry, Letters, and Recollections of Lady Caroline Lamb (1829).

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