The Family Romance of the Imposter-Poet Thomas Chatterton

The Family Romance of the Imposter-Poet Thomas Chatterton

by Louise J. Kaplan
     
 

The enigma of Thomas Chatterton is investigated by Louise J. Kaplan, who untangles the counterfeiter from the artist, the troubled adolescent from the visionary poet, as she recreates the short life of a fatherless boy who found an authentic voice only in the realm of his imaginings.  See more details below

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The enigma of Thomas Chatterton is investigated by Louise J. Kaplan, who untangles the counterfeiter from the artist, the troubled adolescent from the visionary poet, as she recreates the short life of a fatherless boy who found an authentic voice only in the realm of his imaginings.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Psychologist Kaplan argues that Thomas Chatterton used his forged ``Rowley'' poems to create the father he never knew, his own having died three months before Chatterton was born. Her thesis seems critically suspect in light of similar 18th-century forgeries by James Macpherson and William Henry Ireland, both equipped with the usual complement of parents. Though fascinating, tidbits about Chatterton's world shed no new light on Chatterton himself. Much better are Ian Haywood's The Making of History (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Pr., 1986), which place Macpherson's and Chatterton's forgeries in context, and Donald Taylor's Thomas Chatterton's Art ( LJ 12/1/78). Joseph Rosenblum, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689118968
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
11/10/1987
Pages:
256

Meet the Author

Louise J. Kaplan is the author of Oneness and Separateness and Adolescence: The Farewell to Childhood. She was director of child and adolescent clinical services at The Psychological Center of CUNY and is now engaged in private practice in New York City.

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