John Clare: A Biography by Jonathan Bate

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The long-awaited literary biography of the supreme "poets' poet"
John Clare (1793-1864) is the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self, but until now he has never been the subject of a comprehensive literary biography.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
ISBN: 9780374179908. 648 pp.
Hardcover. Very good in a vey good jacket.