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Christopher Smart : clown of God

Author: Chris Mounsey
Publisher: Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2001.
Series: Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This new biography of Christopher Smart offers a picture of a multifaceted eighteenth-century wit whose writing has far-reaching social, political, and historical significance. Poet, journalist, theater performer, cross-dresser, and theologian, who was questionably incarcerated for insanity, wherever Smart found himself his approach to life was at once serious and joyful, confirming him as one of God's clowns."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mounsey, Chris, 1959-
Christopher Smart.
Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2001
(OCoLC)606531129
Named Person: Christopher Smart; Christopher Smart; Christopher Smart
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Mounsey
ISBN: 083875483X 9780838754832
OCLC Number: 46321157
Description: 342 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture.
Responsibility: Chris Mounsey.

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The eighteenth-century poet Christopher Smart is perhaps best known now for his poem about his cat Jeoffry and for being mad. This biography brings to light new evidence about Smart, and offers a  Read more...

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schema:reviewBody""This new biography of Christopher Smart offers a picture of a multifaceted eighteenth-century wit whose writing has far-reaching social, political, and historical significance. Poet, journalist, theater performer, cross-dresser, and theologian, who was questionably incarcerated for insanity, wherever Smart found himself his approach to life was at once serious and joyful, confirming him as one of God's clowns." "Building on previous biographical, bibliographical, and critical work - as well as on a broad scholarship on the publishing trade, on Grub Street and the position of the professional writer, and on the institutional treatment of madness in eighteenth-century England - Chris Mounsey constructs a version of Smart's life that is radically original. In its intelligent use of legal, parliamentary, and other archives, Mounsey both reappraises the familiar source material and mounts a challenge to earlier accounts of Smart's life and career. New interpretations of Smart's relationship with others (including his father-in-law John Newbery), his life on Grub Street as a political satirist, and his involvement in theological speculations provide a fuller and more engaging picture of the social, political, scientific, and religious context of his life and work."--BOOK JACKET."
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