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The Making of Percy's Reliques

Nick Groom


Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) is one of the founding texts of English literature, an epoch-making collection of historical and lyrical ballads that defined the canon of popular poetry. It dramatically influenced Romanticism and the writing of Wordsworth and Coleridge, Walter Scott, and even Lewis Carroll. This book is devoted to Percy's seminal work. The book reconstructs pioneering antiquarianism and its processes of collecting, transcribing, and collating. It unravels Percy's working methods, examining his correspondence, library, and papers, as well as his friends ... More

Keywords: Thomas Percy, lyrical ballads, popular poetry, Romaniticism, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Walter Scott, Lewis Carroll, antiquarianism, working methods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184591
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184591.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Groom, author
University of Exeter
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