English Language and Literature ETDs

Author

David DeCamp

Publication Date

5-24-1949

Abstract

This study is intended to serve two ends. First, it will supply a much needed study of the critical ideas in Peacock's novels which will be useful in itself. Peacock was an extraordinary individual: he was acquainted with most of the major literary and political figures for more than half of a century; he enjoyed a position of public trust which gave him a role as an empire builder; and he had a flair for expression that makes his keen observations a pleasure to read. In his extensive literary acquaintanceship, Peacock resembles Hazlitt; in his official capacity, he resembles Pepys; in mode of expression, he resembles only himself. Peacock's novels have been placed on many college reading lists, largely for the picture which they give of the literary background of the nineteenth century. Yet no competent study has yet been made of that picture which students are supposed to glean from the novels.

Degree Name

English

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

English

First Committee Member (Chair)

C.V. Wicker

Second Committee Member

George Ames

Third Committee Member

D.A. McKenzie

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

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