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Warreniana; wiih Notes, Critical and Explanatory, by the Editor of A Quarterly Review.

Deacon, William Frederick]

Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green., London., 1824
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208 pp. 12mo. Three quarters tan pebbled sheep, ruled in gilt with spine ruled, decorated and titled in gilt. Red leather label for title. Five bands Marbled paper covered boards. Marbled end papers. T.e.g. John Strachan, "The Praise of Blacking": William Frederick Deacon's "Warreniana' and Early Nineteenth-Century Advertising-Related Parody, in "Romanticism on the Net", Michael Eberle-Sinatra (Ed.), érudit, No. 15, August 1999. http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/005874ar. Michael Allen, "Charles Dickens and the Blacking Factory, 2011. Halkett & Laing VI, 209, and DNB (for attribution to Deacon). A humorous parody of numerous British writers, who allegedly write paeans to Warren's Blacking, the noted shoe polish manufacturers of early 19th century Britain. The title page quotes allegedly from Lord Byron: "I have even been accused of writing puffs for Warren's Blacking". Following a humorous introduction, other sections of the text imitate the styles of Washington Irving, William Wordsworth, Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Walter Scott, et al. The essays, poems, etc. celebrate the persons and firm of Warren's Blacking, the noted shoe polish manufacturer(s), who contributed to Charles Dickens his self-confessed most seminal life experience when he worked there pasting labels on blacking bottles in 1824. His family had become destitute with his father's imprisonment for debt and his removal from school. Working at Warren's was a source of shame for the young Dickens, an embarrassment he never publicly revealed, but carried throughout his life. Supposedly edited by the satirist and editor, William Gifford, with the preface in his pompous style, the work is actually by a young journalist, William Deacon (1799-1845). Advertising for Robert Warren's blacking was "the most visible campaign of the early nineteenth century? Warren was one of the pioneers of 'jingle advertisements and ?verse puffs". (Strachan, op. cit.). Lord Byron allegedly had actually referred to the accusation that he wrote poems for Warren's, leading to the epigraph in this volume. Dickens, who had first hand experience in the blacking industry, having worked for Jonathan Warren, the rival of Robert Warren in the industry (see Allen, op. cit.), makes reference to the poetic puffs in "Old Curiosity Shop" in the speech of his Mr. Slum. Deacon may have learned the art of parody from his first publisher, William Hone, so practiced at it with George Cruikshank, who also did a drawing for Warren's Blacking. "The comedy of Warreniana derives in part from the mismatch between style and subject." (Strachan). To Strachan, Warreniana is "the masterpiece of late Romantic period parody." Wear to leather at spine, edges and corners. Boards mildly abraded. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 11372

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Title: Warreniana; wiih Notes, Critical and ...

Publisher: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green., London.

Publication Date: 1824

Edition: First Edition..

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