Family Romance of the Impostor Poet Thomas Chatterton

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Recounts the life of Chatterton, the British poet and forger who ended his own life at seventeen, and attempts to analyze his complex personality

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Louise J. Kaplan is the author of Oneness and Separateness and Adolescence: The Farewell to Childhood. She was director of child and adolescent clinical services at The Psychological Center of CUNY and is now engaged in private practice in New York City.

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Psychologist Kaplan argues that Thomas Chatterton used his forged "Rowley" poems to create the father he never knew, his own having died three months before Chatterton was born. Her thesis seems critically suspect in light of similar 18th-century forgeries by James Macpherson and William Henry Ireland, both equipped with the usual complement of parents. Though fascinating, tidbits about Chatterton's world shed no new light on Chatterton himself. Much better are Ian Haywood's The Making of History (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Pr., 1986), which place Macpherson's and Chatterton's forgeries in context, and Donald Taylor's Thomas Chatterton's Art ( LJ 12/1/78). Joseph Rosenblum, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
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Published by Atheneum (1988)
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