Readership: Poetry lovers, readers of nineteenth-century literature, nature poetry, folk-song and rural writing, John Clare; social historians.
John Clare (1793-1864) was an agricultural labourer who rose to fame as the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet with the publication of his first book of poems in 1820. He suffered from mental illness and ended his days in Northampton General Lunatic Asylum. He is now recognized as one of the great English Romantic poets whose
writing on rural society has a special power.
Eric Robinson, together with his associate editor David Powell, is editor of the mult-volume Oxford English Texts edition of the Collected Poems of John Clare and other selections of Clare's writings, including the Major Works in Oxford World's Classics.
"Handsomely illustrated." - New Statesman
"This is a book to treasure." - Harry Mead, Northern Echo