The Remains of Henry Kirke White, of Nottingham, Late of St. John's College, Cambridge; with an Account of his Life.
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London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1819. The eighth edition, in two volumes (vi, 336; vi, 316). Tall octavo (22 cm) in high- style late Georgian bindings; polished calf, gilt titles and decoration, decoration in blind, titles in maroon morocco compartments on spine; fine marbled epps. Henry Kirke White (1785- 1806) died, probably of tuberculosis, before his early promise could prove itself. Clifton Grove, a Sketch in Verse was well received by Southey if not by the Monthly Review whose editor (probably Griffiths) had no compunction about attacking the 18 year-old poet who wrote to Southey, in part, "I am presently under afflictions and contentions of spirit, heavier than I have yet ever experienced....the unfavourable review of my unhappy work, has cut deeper than you could have thought; not in a literary point of view, but as it affects my respectability. It represents me as a beggar, going about gathering money to put myself at college, when my book is worthless...." And later, "The extreme acrimony with which the Monthly Review (of all the others the most important) treated me, threw me into a state of stupefaction. I regarded all that had passed as a dream, and I thought I had been deluding myself into an idea of possessing poetic genius, when, in fact, I had only the longing...." Southey has collected here White's Clifton Grove, early poems, poems written after the publication of Clifton Grove, various prose compositions, and White's letters; included also is a biographical sketch describing White's humble origins and pious nature. See the biographical sketch in ODNB. Some minor corner wear; otherwise quite a handsome set. Near fine.
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