Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters

The Poetry of Mary Robinson

Form and Fame

Authors: Robinson, D.

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Once celebrated as 'the English Sappho,' Mary Robinson was a major figure in British Romanticism. This volume offers comprehensive study of Robinson's achievement as a poet, a professional writer, a formative influence on the Romantic movement, and a participant in the literary, political, and social scene of the late 1700s.

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DANIEL ROBINSON Associate Professor of English at Widener University, USA. He is the editor of The Works of Mary Robinson.

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"An erudite study of Mary Robinson's use of poetic form as both a key motivation for, and a dialectic response within, the writing of poetry in the late eighteenth century." - Review 19

"Here, finally, is the first full-length study of Mary Robinson's poetry and the most insightful work on that author since Judith Pascoe's Romantic Theatricality. Beginning with Robinson's years as one of John Bell's featured poets in The World and the Oracle, Robinson tracks her development from newspaper ingénue to central contributor for Daniel Stuart's Morning Post. Throughout we find sustained attention to Robinson's technical achievements as a poet, from the odes of Laura Maria to the sonnets of 'Sappho' to the later, virtuoso works that eventually became Lyrical Tales. Here, contexts beget forms, and formal innovations take on political valences. Equally welcome is the decision to incorporate her other writings - her many novels, treatises, plays, and tracts, indeed, her entire oeuvre - to bear on the poetry. A truly foundational work." - Michael Gamer, Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

"In Robinson's nuanced and learned readings, Mary Robinson's poems snap into focus. The formal virtuosity of the poems rewards this critic's efforts to understand and winningly explain Mary Robinson's ambitious reworkings of poetic genres, and her investment in the poetry networks of her day. This book will serve as a cornerstone of future Robinson research." - Judith Pascoe, Professor of English, University of Iowa

"Robinson offers us a refreshingly new way to think about Mary Robinson, and about how important contemporary 'fame' was to a poet fully engaged in the literary and cultural conversation swirling in the British press in the 1790s. Not just a reassessment of a perennially mischaracterized poet, Robinson s book is a revealing portrait of an unexpectedly practical literary artist who knew her craft and who deployed it shrewdly among an array of poetic personae." - Stephen C. Behrendt, George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English, University of Nebraska


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Wreath of Fame

    Robinson, Daniel

    Pages 1-14

  • Bell’s Laureates I: Robinson’s Avatars and the Della Crusca Network

    Robinson, Daniel

    Pages 15-61

  • Bell’s Laureates II: … So Goes the World

    Robinson, Daniel

    Pages 63-110

  • The English Sappho and the Legitimate Sonnet

    Robinson, Daniel

    Pages 111-152

  • Stuart’s Laureates I: Poets and Politics Perplext

    Robinson, Daniel

    Pages 153-195

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Poetry of Mary Robinson
Book Subtitle
Form and Fame
Authors
Series Title
Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11803-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230118034
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10025-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-28642-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 287
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