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Consumption and Literature: The Making of the Romantic Disease

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This book seeks to explain how consumption – a horrible disease – came to be the glamorous and artistic Romantic malady. It tries to explain the disparity between literary myth and bodily reality, by examining literature and medicine from the Renaissance to the late Victorian period, covering a wide range of authors and characters.



CLARK LAWLOR is Reader in English at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He has edited (with Akihito Suzuki) Sciences of Body and Mind in Literature and Science, 1660-1834 (Pickering and Chatto, 2003), and has written many scholarly articles on literature, science and medicine.

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