London: John Murray, October 1817 and January 1818. [Literary Reviews] REVIEW OF FRANKENSTEIN. Octavo (22 x 14cm), pp.; 554; . Contemporary marbled boards, recently rebacked and re-cornered in tan calf with gilt titles to red morocco label on spine. All edges speckled red. Armorial bookplate of Reverend C. Tucker to front pastedown. Light occasional spotting. Boards quite heavily rubbed. Very good. A detailed review of the plot of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' (1818) is followed by a short but devastating assessment of the work in general, characteristic of the regular 'Quarterly' contributor John Wilson Croker (1780-1857), who also famously knocked back a budding Tennyson and a fragile Keats. 'Our taste and judgement alike revolt at this kind of writing, and the greater the ability with which it may be executed the worse it is...' Also including reviews for Robert Southey's 'History of Brazil'; Jeremy Bentham's 'Plan of Parliamentary Reform'; William Godwin's 'Mandeville'; and William Hazlitt's 'Character of Shakespeare's Plays'. Item #55516
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