The Making of Percy's Reliques

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Thomas Percy's Reliques (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 and dramatically influenced Romanticism. This is the first monograph devoted to Percy's seminal work. It unravels Percy's working methods and examines his correspondence, library, and papers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198184591
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Oxford English Monographs Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Exeter
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Table of Contents

Notes on the Text
1 Introduction 1
2 The Ballad and Literary Antiquarianism 19
3 Macpherson and Percy 61
4 The Genesis of the Reliques 106
5 1761: The Making of the Reliques 145
6 Printing the Reliques 193
7 Conclusion 236
App. I First Transcriptions 247
App. II A Collection of Old Ballads 250
App. III Robin Hood's Garland 252
App. IV The 'First Draft' 253
App. V The Revised 'First Draft' 258
App. VI The Two-Volume Reliques Draft ('Gothic Antiquities') 261
App. VII The Index Draft 266
App. VIII The Copy Draft 270
App. IX The Cancelled Ballads 273
App. X The Order of the First Edition (1765) 274
Index 280
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