The Marvellous Boy: The Life and Myth of Thomas Chatterton (Paperback)
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The Marvellous Boy: The Life and Myth of Thomas Chatterton (Paperback)

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In 1770, at the end of his tether, the seventeen-year-old poet Thomas Chatterton, penniless and starving, despairing of success and tormented by a sense of failure, committed suicide in his garret room. Within a few years he was transformed into a legend. In the dawning Romantic Movement, he became a symbol of some of its most powerful preoccupations - suicide, youth and neglected genius. During the two ensuing centuries, Chatterton has become one of the most famous of literary suicides. To the Romantics in the nineteenth century, the premature death of this precocious genius became a source of inspiration. His suicide inspired Vigny's melodramatic play Chatterton, and forty years later, Leoncavallo's opera spread to Italy. The Pre-Raphaelites, especially Rossetti, were fascinated by his death. In the twentieth century, the eccentric scholar and poet E. W. Meyerstein developed a lifelong passion for him. Linda Kelly explores the development, pervasiveness and astonishing persistence of the Chatterton legend, throwing new and revealing light on the writers and artists who admired him. 'A book that leaves out nothing important and yet keeps us reading like a novel.' John Wain

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571248421
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 230 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 13 mm
Edition: Main

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“Child of Sorrow?”

This is a review of a 2008 reprint of a book that was first published in 1971. The title of ‘the Marvellous Boy’ comes from Wordsworth: “I thought of Chatterton the marvellous Boy / The sleepless Soul that perished in... More

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