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The Making of Percy's Reliques$
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Nick Groom

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184591.001.0001

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The Genesis of the Reliques

The Genesis of the Reliques

(p.106) 4 The Genesis of the Reliques
The Making of Percy's Reliques

Nick Groom

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the origins of Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. It suggests that serious work on Percy's collection started after his September 1760 meeting with poet William Shenstone and publisher Robert Dodsley. This meeting inspired Percy and Shenstone to produce two books within five years. The first was Five Pieces of runic Poetry published in 1763 and the second, Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, in 1765. Both books were published by Dodsley's publishing company.

Keywords:   Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, Thomas Percy, William Shenstone, Robert Dodsley, Five Pieces of runic Poetry, ancient poetry, English poetry, literary antiquarianism

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