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George Keats of KentuckyA Life$
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Lawrence M. Crutcher

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813136882

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813136882.001.0001

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The Legacy Deferred 1821–1848

The Legacy Deferred 1821–1848

(p.143) The Legacy Deferred 1821–1848
George Keats of Kentucky

Lawrence M. Crutcher

University Press of Kentucky

No efforts to define the poet's life and literary legacy were successful until Richard Monckton Milnes published in 1848. George made no effective effort to prepare the legacy, and he thwarted Charles Brown's abortive attempts to do so on account of their feud. The first attempts, by the publisher John Taylor, then by Percy Bysshe Shelley and Leigh Hunt, were not pleasing. George preferred that Dilke and John Hamilton Reynolds write the poet's “life and literary remains.” But no one had access to the complete works, with George holding the best letters and some poems, Brown holding other poems, and Taylor having the copyright to the published work – all vehemently opposed to one another's completing the task. George threatened an injunction against Brown, but released it in 1841. However, Brown by then had given up, turning his papers over to his friend Monckton Milnes, who had never met the poet, but proved to be a good choice.

Keywords:   literary remains, Memoir, Injunction, Wretchedness, Copyright, Vendetta

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