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Madness and the Romantic Poet: A Critical History

James Whitehead


This book examines writing that has linked poetry and poets to madness, covering early literary criticism, biography, medical literature, and poetry itself, and moving between the late eighteenth and the twentieth century. More specifically, its purpose is to offer an account of the development and dissemination of the figure of the ‘Romantic mad poet’ in the nineteenth century, and to show how this figure interacted with coeval ideas about genius or creativity, and the varying fortunes in reception and reputation of Romantic poets, poetry, and conceptions of Romanticism generally. The opening ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, Romantic, poet, poetry, madness, literature, reception, review, biography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198733706
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198733706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Whitehead, author
Lecturer in English, Liverpool John Moores University