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From the Publisher"Bennett examines how the Romantic period's culture of posterity fostered a tradition of writing in which poets wrote to establish their identity for an audience of the future."
-M.S. Johnston, Choice
"‘Romantic Poets and the Culture of Posterity addresses mostly authors and texts that have received extensive critical attention in the past; but, fittingly, by reorientating attention to them, the book makes them live in additional ways...the book should assure itself a long critical afterlife."
-Michael Wiley, The Wordsworth Circle
"‘Bennett’s study ‘opens a window onto fascinating and vertiginous critical prospects.’"
-Michael O’Neill, TLS
"Andrew Bennett’s fascinating book grapples with theories of Romantic reception, both as those theories emerged and were simultaneously problematized in the period itself, and as they continue to influence our own readings of Romanticism today...Bennett is a pleasure to read. Clear, airy sentences and scrupulous signposting assist an involved and involving argument."
-Richard Marggraf Turley, The British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies
"The strength of this book is its comprehensiveness. Bennett not only reads the expected poets and those, like Landon and Hemans, recently decanted into the canon; we also read about Henry Kirke White...and Isabella Lickbarrow. Its discussions are convincing, always aware of their larger implications for literary study and quite readable. Bennett is attuned to the ways in which his own – and our – reading is still caught up in the fantasy of posthumous fame."
-James Najarian, Romantic Circles
"As is not infrequently true of fine-boned deconstruction, the scrupulous attention to the self-entwining possibilities of language lends at times an almost aesthete quality to the prose...Bennett is an extremely accomplished practitioner of his brand of dark interpretation."
-Seamus Perry, Review of English Studies