Academic journal article John Clare Society Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article John Clare Society Journal

Editorial

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Our 25th Journal is celebrated in the silver colour on this year's cover, and in Ronald Blythe's comments opposite. Our silver jubilee certainly marks a time for looking back with some pride in what has been achieved; but it is also a good moment to look forward: I am thinking in particular of the recent purchase of Clare's Cottage by The National Environment and Educational Trust, and its implications, discussed in Paul Chirico's piece. I think this offers a uniquely important opportunity in the history of Clare Studies and the recognition of Clare, and I hope that the Journal's readers will support this marvellous initiative in every way they can, and encourage others to do the same.

This year we also have four new essays, and a new play by Michael Burnham, who moves on from his dramatic reconstruction of Clare's asylum period, Dark Journey, to the less well-known topic of how Patty Clare might have coped with life, left alone at home to bring her children up. …

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