Coleridge's Second Appearance in Print
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. CHATTERTON, Thomas. Poems, Supposed to Have Been Written at Bristol, By Thomas Rowley, and Others, in the Fifteenth Century. Cambridge: Printed by B. Flower, for the Editor , 1794.
The first printed appearance of Coleridge's Monody on the Death of Chatterton (page xxv-xxvii). This was only Coleridge's second appearance in print, the first being The Fall of Robespierre which was also printed in 1794. Fifth edition. Octavo (5 9/16 x 8 7/8 inches; 140 x 224 mm).[1, engraved title], [1, blank], [i]-xxix, [1, blank], [2], [1]-329, [1, blank] pp. With engraved additional title-page and a facsimileplate facing page 197.

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Thomas Chatterton who often wrote under the pseudonym Thomas Rowley was a poet who committed suicide at the age of seventeen and was revered by many of his contemporaries, thus inspiring Coleridge's Monody on the Death of Chatterton. "No poet, not even Coleridge-was ever so imbued with the romantic spirit; and without giving him more than his due, we must acknowledge Chatterton to be the founder of the modern romantic school of poetry. That Coleridge was influenced to a considerable extent by Chatterton is patent to everyone, and that he was deeply impressed by the fate of the younger is also evident...(The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors, Moulton 539).

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