Thomas Love Peacock

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Peacock, Thomas Love,

1785–1866, English novelist and poet. He was employed by the East India Company from 1819 to 1856, serving as its chief examiner the final 20 years. Peacock's novels, comic and delightfully satirical, parody the intellectual modes and pretenses of his age. Nightmare Abbey (1818), his best-known work, satirizes the English romantic movement and contains characters based on Coleridge, Byron, and Shelley. Other novels include Headlong Hall (1816), Melincourt (1817), Maid Marian (1822), Crotchet Castle (1831), and Gryll Grange (1860). Peacock's best poems—lyrics and drinking songs—are interspersed in his novels. He was one of Shelley's most intimate friends, and after the famous poet's death Peacock was his literary executor.


See his works (ed. by H. F. B. Brett-Smith and C. E. Jones, 10 vol., 1924–34); biography by C. Van Doren (1911, repr. 1966); study by B. Burns (1985).

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Fazio is unsatisfying as a work of art, and though Shelley raved about the play to his friend Thomas Love peacock, the unimpressed peacock wrote in his memoirs of the poet that he was struck by Shelley's "absorbed attention to Miss O'Neill's performance" (81).
Thomas Love Peacock was well connected to Welsh literary circles, and The Misfortunes of Elphin was translated from Welsh.
(5) It is not clear how or when Edith Nicolls Clarke acquired this manuscript, for the collection includes papers of Thomas Love Peacock, Mary Ellen Meredith, and Henry Wallis, along with some of Edith's own correspondence.
The present account of the Knowles family supplements, and in some instances corrects, the more limited biographical information given in my article "Peacock before Headlong Hall: A New Look at His Early Years," Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin, 36 (1985): 26-28, 35; and in The Letters of Thomas Love Peacock, ed.
Thomas Love Peacock, the correspondent with whom Shelley proposed to discuss the matter when back in England, encouraged the poet to go forward: "You have done well in translating the Symposium, and I hope you will succeed in attracting attention to Plato, for he certainly wants patronage in these days." The stumbling block to am appreciation of Plato in England, even in the universities, was precisely the matter of paederasty.
Meredith's first marriage was to the daughter of Thomas Love Peacock, who ran off to live abroad with the artist, Henry Wallis.
Thomas Love Peacock's first novel, Headlong Hall (1915), turns on a debate about progress.
Both items were seemingly intended for the press, the first in the proposed plan to publish a swift rejoinder to Thomas Love Peacock's The Four Ages of Poetry, the second in the equally abortive design to bring out a posthumous collection of Shelley's writings in 1824.
He translated works by Honore de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, Thomas Love Peacock, D.H.
Shelley's friend Thomas Love Peacock suggested the title.
The influence of Meredith's father - in - law, Thomas Love Peacock, is evident in the writer ' s hatred of egotism and sentimentality, in his affirmation of the intellectual equality of women with men, and above all in his belief in the beneficial power of laughter -- a belief expounded in the critical work The Idea of Comedy and the Uses of the Comic Spirit (1877), in which he put forth the thesis that comedy corrected the excesses of sentimentality, selfishness, and vanity.
Other visitors to the house include Elizabeth Billington, the opera singer of her day, Thomas Love Peacock an associate of Shelley and E F Benson who wrote the Mapp & lucia novels.