Maid Marian

Maid Marian

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Maid Marian

Maid Marian

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Under date of August 6, 1818, Peacock records in his diary,--"Could not read or work for scheming my romance-- rivers, castles, forests, abbeys, monks, maids, kings, and banditti dancing before me like a masked ball." On November 29, he describes his work to Shelley as "a comic romance of the twelfth century, which I shall make the vehicle of much oblique satire on all the oppressions that are done under the sun." Some time between December 15th and January 13th, he went to London in pursuit of his appointment at the India House; the composition of the romance was thus interrupted, and although all but the last three chapters had been written in 1818, it was not completed and published until 1822. These dates are important, as they vindicate Peacock's claim to originality in the choice of his subject. Were they not irrefragably established, it might be difficult to credit him with absolute independence of "Ivanhoe," though even then what was subtracted from his originality might have to be added to his intrepidity. "Ivanhoe," however, was not published . . .

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