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19 February 2004
John Clare: A Biography 
by Jonathan Bate.
Picador, 650 pp., £25, October 2003, 0 330 37106 1
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‘I Am’: The Selected Poetry of John Clare 
edited by Jonathan Bate.
Farrar, Straus, 318 pp., $17, November 2003, 0 374 52869 1
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John Clare, Politics and Poetry 
by Alan Vardy.
Palgrave, 221 pp., £45, October 2003, 0 333 96617 1
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John Clare Vol. V: Poems of the Middle Period 1822-37 
edited by Eric Robinson, David Powell and P.M.S. Dawson.
Oxford, 822 pp., £105, January 2003, 0 19 812386 8
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... and got him drunk. Clare and Taylor came under pressure from Baron Radstock and Eliza Emmerson to remove lines from Poems, Descriptivewhich expressed radical sentiments. (This episode is described by AlanVardy in John Clare, Politics and Poetry. He also gives a detailed and in the main convincing account of Clare’s relationship with his other patrons, and with Taylor and Hessey.) Taylor wrote to ...

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