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The Resource The immortal dinner : a famous evening of genius & laughter in literary London, 1817, Penelope Hughes-Hallett

The immortal dinner : a famous evening of genius & laughter in literary London, 1817, Penelope Hughes-Hallett

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The immortal dinner : a famous evening of genius & laughter in literary London, 1817
Title
The immortal dinner
Title remainder
a famous evening of genius & laughter in literary London, 1817
Statement of responsibility
Penelope Hughes-Hallett
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A single dinner, attended 185 years ago by such literary luminaries as William Wordsworth, John Keats and Charles Lamb, no matter how brilliant the conversation, may not seem a sufficient subject for a book of 300 pages but it is in Hughes-Hallett's hands. The host to the evening, painter B.R. Haydon, had an agenda in putting together the dinner: he wanted to show off his progress on the monumental painting Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Hughes-Hallet's (Home at Grasmere: The Wordsworths and the Lakes) main source for what transpired is Haydon's diary, which put a grandiose, self-congratulatory spin on the evening. The author takes Haydon's hyperbolic lead, portraying the dinner as a pivotal cultural event of the early 19th century. Far more interesting than the dinner itself, though, is Hughes-Hallett's vivid narrative of life in literary London in 1817. Combining exhaustive research and bold extrapolation, the author frequently digresses on the customs and culture of the day, material that ultimately supplies the meat of this account. Each member of the dinner party is honored with a biography, some of which is emotionally engaging (the tragic history of the Keats family's delicate health) and some not (the gratuitous sortie into how medical schools procured cadavers). Conveyed in a style both erudite and playful, Hughes-Hallett's account is noteworthy for the delicious inside peek it gives readers into the lives of these 19th-century celebrities. Using the dinner as a touchstone, Hughes-Hallett ultimately does convey to the reader the immortal qualities of those present in London on that late December evening in 1817
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1927-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hughes-Hallett, Penelope
Dewey number
942.107/3/08631
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DA683
LC item number
.H78 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Haydon, Benjamin Robert
  • Wordsworth, William
  • Lamb, Charles
  • Keats, John
  • London (England)
  • London (England)
  • Dinners and dining
  • Authors, English
  • Artists
Label
The immortal dinner : a famous evening of genius & laughter in literary London, 1817, Penelope Hughes-Hallett
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Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Viking, c2000
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-325) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
49320561
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvi, 336 pages
Isbn
9781561310715
Lccn
2002025479
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)49320561
Label
The immortal dinner : a famous evening of genius & laughter in literary London, 1817, Penelope Hughes-Hallett
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Viking, c2000
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-325) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
49320561
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvi, 336 pages
Isbn
9781561310715
Lccn
2002025479
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)49320561

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