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About the Author: Thomas Love Peacock

English novelist and poet. For most of his life Peacock worked for the East India Co. He was a close friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley, who greatly inspired his writing. His best verse is interspersed in his novels, which are dominated by the conversations of their characters and satirize the intellectual currents of the day. His best-known work, Nightmare Abbey (1818), satirizes romantic melancholy and includes characters based on Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Lord Byron.


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Paperback, Published in May 2008 by Book Jungle

ISBN10: 1605975443 | ISBN13: 9781605975443

Page count: 92

Thomas Love Peacock was an 18th century English author and satirist. Peacock's work was influenced by his friend Percy Bysshe Shelley. Peacock's novels used the same basic setting that of a group of people at a table discussing and criticizing philosophical opinions. Nightmare Abbey was written in 1818. This satire pokes fun at the Romantic Movement in English literature. The characters in the novel are based on historic figures. Peacock sees the British as being obsessed with transcendental philosophical systems and morbid subjects of any kind. Many of the allusions in the book are specific to the period in which it was written, yet there is enough relevance to make this a delight to read.

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