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The Domestication of Genius: Biography and the Romantic Poet

Julian North


This is a book about the biographical afterlives of the Romantic poets and the creation of literary biography as a popular form. It focuses on the first Lives of Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Felicia Hemans and Letitia Landon, published from the 1820s, by Thomas Moore, Mary Shelley, Thomas De Quincey and others, in the context of the development of biography as a genre from the 1780s to the 1840s. It argues that, from Johnson and Boswell onwards, the market success of biography was built on its representation and publication of domestic life. In the 1820s and 30s biographers ‘domestic ... More

Keywords: biography, Romantic poet, domestic, Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Felicia Hemans, Letitia Landon, De Quincey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian North, author
Lecturer in English, University of Leicester
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