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Tue Apr 04 19:13:27 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg eBook, Romance, by Walter Raleigh This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Romance Two Lectures Author: Walter Raleigh Release Date: September 25, 2006 [eBook #19367] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII) ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ROMANCE*** Transcribed from the 1916 Princeton University Press edition by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org LOUIS CLARK VANUXEM FOUNDATION ROMANCE TWO LECTURES BY SIR WALTER RALEIGH M.A., PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, FELLOW OF MERTON COLLEGE LECTURES DELIVERED AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, MAY 4TH AND 6TH, 1915 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS PRINCETON LONDON: HUMPHREY MILFORD OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 1916 Copyright, 1916, by PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS Published October, 1916 Tue Apr 04 19:13:27 2017 2 THE ORIGIN OF ROMANCE The period of English political history which falls between Pitt’s acceptance of office as prime minister, in 1783, and the passing of the Reform Bill, in 1832, is a period rich in character and event.
The same period of fifty years is one of the most crowded epochs of our national literature.
In 1783 William Blake produced his _Poetical Sketches_, and George Crabbe published _The Village_.
In 1832 Scott died, not many months after the death of Goethe.
Between these two dates a great company of English writers produced a literature of immense bulk, and of almost endless diversity of character.
Yet one dominant strain in that literature has commonly been allowed to give a name to the whole period, and it is often called the Age of the Romantic Revival. We do not name other notable periods of our literature in this fashion. The name itself contains a theory, and so marks the rise of...





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