ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Love Peacock

(1785-1866)


The son of a London glass merchant, Thomas Love Peacock was born in Weymouth, Dorset and educated at Mr. Wick's school in Englefield Green. He settled in London in 1802 and worked as a secretary (1808-09), lived in Wales (1810-11), and met Shelley in 1812, who gave him a pension. Peacock served in the East India Company from 1819, where he succeeded James Mill as chief examiner (1837-56). Peacock's "Four Ages of Poetry" inspired Shelley to compose A Defense of Poetry.


TEXT RECORDS:

1812Inscription for a Mountain-Dell.
1814Ahrimanes.
1814Sir Hornbook. A Grammatico-Allegorical Ballad.
1817Melincourt.
1820 ca.Calidore.

PUBLICATIONS:

Answer to the question, Is history or biography the more improving study? 1803.
The monks of St. Mark. 1804.
Palmyra and other poems. 1806, 1817.
The genius of the Thames: a lyrical poem in two parts. 1810.
The genius of the Thames, Palmyra, and other poems. 1812.
The philosophy of melancholy: a poem in four parts. 1812.
Sir Hornbook, or Childe Launcelot's expedition: a grammatico-allegorical ballad. 1813.
Sir Proteus: a satirical ballad. 1814.
Headlong Hall. 1816.
Melincourt. 3 vols, 1817.
The round table, or King Arthur's feast, embellished with eighteen engravings. 1817.
Rhododaphne, or the Thessalian spell: a poem. 1818.
Nightmare Abbey. 1818.
The stable boy. 1820.
Maid Marian. 1822.
The misfortunes of Elphin. 1829.
Crotchet Castle. 1831.
Report from the select committee of the House of Commons on Steam Navigation to India: appendix. 1834.
Paper money lyrics and other poems. 1837.
A whitebait dinner at Lovegrove's at Blackwall. 1851.
The four ages of poetry. 1863.
Works, ed. H. C. Cole. 3 vols, 1875.
Novels, Calidore, and Miscellanea, ed. R. Garnett. 10 vols, 1891.
Memoirs of Shelley, with Shelley's letters to Peacock, ed. H. F. B. Brett-Smith. 1909.
Letters to Edward Hookham and Shelley, ed. Richard Garnett. 1910.
Works, ed. H. F. B. Brett-Smith and C. E. Jones. 10 vols, 1924-34.
The novels, ed. David Garnett. 1948.
Memoirs of Shelley and other essays and reviews, ed. Howard Mills. 1970.
Letters, ed. Nicholas A. Joukovsky. 2 vols, 2000-2001.