Helpston: John Clare Society, 2000

A new collection of 12 critical essays on John Clare.

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Introduction John Goodridge and Simon Kövesi

1. John Clare: Prologue to a New Life
Jonathan Bate

2. ‘Written by Himself’—Edited by Others: The Autobiographical Writings of John Clare
Valerie Pedlar

3. Writing Clare’s Poems: ‘The Myth of Solitary Genius’
Bob Heyes

4. Clare and Community: The ‘Old Poets’ and the London Magazine
Mina Gorji

5. Boys, Marvellous Boys: John Clare’s ‘Natural Genius’
Bridget Keegan

6. ‘Labour and Luxury’: Clare’s Lost Pastoral and the Importance of the Voice of Labour in the Early Poems
Stephen Colclough

7. ‘Like Clover Through Lime’: Rural Ruins and the Language of the Past
Paul Chirico

8. Viewing and Reviewing Clare
Alan Vardy

9. In Place and Out of Place: Clare in The Midsummer Cushion
Richard Cronin

10. Of Birds and Bards: Clare and His Romantic Contemporaries
P.M.S. Dawson

11. Byron, Tasso, and John Clare’s Child Harold
Cathy Taylor

12. Masculinity, Misogyny and the Marketplace: Clare’s ‘Don Juan A Poem’
Simon Kövesi

Further Reading: a Chronological Survey of Clare Criticism, 1970-2000
John Goodridge


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