George Crabbe

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The last of the Augustan poets, following Dryden and Pope in the use of the heroic couplet, George Crabbe was an important literary figure of the early nineteenth century. Lord Byron famously described him as “nature’s sternest painter, yet the best.” Esteemed by the Romantics as a rebel against the genteel fancy of his day, Crabbe pleaded for the poet’s right to describe the commonplace realities and miseries of human life. He is best known for his early use of the realistic narrative form and his detailed descriptions of middle and working-class life, which is unsentimental in its portrayal. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature’s finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents Crabbe’s complete poetical works, with related illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Crabbe’s life and works
* Concise introduction to Crabbe’s life and poetry
* Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* The Complete Poems, including rare Posthumous Tales
* Poetry texts based on the authoritative Cambridge University Press 1905 edition
* Excellent formatting
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Includes Crabbe’s rare ‘Autobiography’, never digitised before
* Special ‘Criticism’ section, with seven works evaluating Crabbe’s contribution to English poetry
* Features three biographies, including Ainger’s seminal study — discover Crabbe’s literary life
* Also includes Lockhart’s famous account of Sir Walter Scott and George Crabbe’s eventful first meeting
* Ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


The Life and Poetry of George Crabbe
Brief Introduction: George Crabbe by Clement King Shorter
Complete Poetical Works of George Crabbe

The Poems
List of Poems in Chronological Order
List of Poems in Alphabetical Order

The Autobiography
Autobiographical Sketch (1816)

The Criticism
‘Nature’s sternest Painter, yet the best’ (1809) by Lord Byron
Mr. Campbell and Mr. Crabbe (1825) by William Hazlitt
Crabbe and Southey (1835) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Crabbe (1890) by George Saintsbury
Crabbe (1890) by Leslie Stephen
Crabbe (1890) by George Edward Woodberry
To the Immortal Memory of George Crabbe (1907) by Clement King Shorter

The Biographies
Mr. Crabbe in Castle Street (1837) by J. G. Lockhart
George Crabbe (1900) by Leslie Stephen
English Men of Letters: Crabbe (1903) by Alfred Ainger

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