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Conflicted Life William Jerdan, 1782-1869: London Editor, Author and Critic (Hardcover)

Author:  Susan Matoff
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1845194179
ISBN-13: 9781845194178
Sku: 214705134
Publish Date: 1/1/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1.75T
Pages:  677
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William Jerdan was a pivotal figure in the history of English literature, spanning the Georgian and Victorian eras. For 34 years, he was the editor of the first weekly review of literature - the London Literary Gazette - where he wrote most of the journal''s critical reviews, which made or marred literary success in this period of exceptional growth in book production and rise in readership. Jerdan''s convivial character and central place in English literary life caused him to be personally acquainted with almost all the creative and influential figures of his day. He was raised in the Scottish Borders where he met Robert Burns and Walter Scott. Later, Byron, Wordsworth, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Dickens, and many other luminaries played a part in his life. He was a founder member of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Garrick Club, a maverick member of the Literary Fund, and an honorary Fraserian. This first biography also discusses William Jerdan''s own fiction and poetry,
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William Jerdan was a pivotal figure in the history of English literature, spanning the Georgian and Victorian eras. For 34 years, he was the editor of the first weekly review of literature - the London Literary Gazette - where he wrote most of the journal's critical reviews, which made or marred literary success in this period of exceptional growth in book production and rise in readership. Jerdan's convivial character and central place in English literary life caused him to be personally acquainted with almost all the creative and influential figures of his day. He was raised in the Scottish Borders where he met Robert Burns and Walter Scott. Later, Byron, Wordsworth, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Dickens, and many other luminaries played a part in his life. He was a founder member of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Garrick Club, a maverick member of the Literary Fund, and an honorary Fraserian. This first biography also discusses William Jerdan's own fiction and poetry, revealing several works not previously attributed to him. Many aspects of his colorful professional and private life are explored, including the scandalous relationship with his protegee, the famous poet L.E.L., for which he was lampooned in the satirical press. His conflicted life led him from the heights of literary and social celebrity through the Bankruptcy Court and into penury. His life at the center of literary London mirrored the violent swings in the country's political and financial affairs - events which provide the background to this extensive and revealing biography.
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