John Clare Page: Books


The Quickening Maze
Adam Foulds
272 pages, illustrated by Carry Ackroyd, paperback
Price £12.99, £8.44 from Amazon UK
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
ISBN: 9780224087469
May 2009
[A Booker shortlisted novel re-imagining Clare's time in the High Beech asylum, and the coincidence that Alfred Tennyson was a visitor to his brother Septimus around the same time]
Reviewed in The Independent
Foulds reading from, and discussing, his novel

John Clare: Major Works
Edited by David Powell and Eric Robinson
566 pages
Price: £9.99
Published by Oxford World's Classics
ISBN: 9780199549795
July 2008 (new edition)
[This is the most comprehensive paperback selection of Clare's works currently available]
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John Clare and the Poetry of Place
Mina Gorji
Price: £65.00, £61.75 from Amazon
Published by Liverpool University Press
ISBN: 9781846311635
January 2009

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John Clare: New Approaches
Edited by John Goodridge and Simon Kövesi
A collection of 12 critical essays about John Clare
264 pages, 2 illustrations, paperback
Price: £7.95
Published by The John Clare Society, Helpston, UK
ISBN: 0952254166
December 2000

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The Shepherd's Calendar
ed. Tim Chilcott
272 pages, illustrated by Carry Ackroyd, paperback
Price £14.95
Publisher: Carcanet
ISBN: 1857548914
November 2006
[Chilcott presents his new transcription of Clare's manuscript version of this poem in parallel with the 1827 published version.]

John Clare: A Biography

Jonathan Bate
640 pages, illustrations, hardback
Paperback Price £9.99
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 0330371061
October 2003
Reviewed in The Independent

John Clare: the Living Year 1841

Prose and poetry of 1841, edited with an introduction and notes by Tim Chilcott
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184 pages, paperback
Price: £7.99
First Edition, 1999
ISBN 0905488555
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John Clare, Politics and Poetry
Alan Vardy
232 pages, hardback
Price: £45.00
Publisher: Palgrave
October 2003 
ISBN: 0333966171
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John Clare and the Imagination of the Reader

Paul Chirico
240 pages, hardback
Price £45.00
Publisher: Palgrave
ISBN: 9780230517639
July 2007

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John Clare: A Literary Life
Roger Sales
Price: £14.99
206 pages, paperback 
Published by Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0333652711
December 2001
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John Clare: the Poet and the Place
A selection of poems and prose accompanied by photographs by Peter Moyse
Edited by Peter Moyse. Foreword by Ronald Blythe.
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120 pages, paperback
Price: £8.50 
Second Edition: May, 1999
ISBN: 095207141X
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John Clare and The Folk Tradition
By George Deacon
New paperback edition (2002), with a foreword by Tom Paulin
'The book contains transcripts of all of Clare’s fiddle tune manuscripts and the words of the songs he collected set to appropriate song tunes together with the text of the Helpston Mummer’s Play. It is illustrated with examples of Clare’s poetry and photographic reproductions of Clare manuscripts and contemporary broadsides.'
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