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Crabbe, George 1754-1832

Works: 779 works in 2,658 publications in 4 languages and 34,056 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Operas  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Live sound recordings  History  Bibliographies  Personal correspondence  Diaries  Musical settings 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Lyricist, Other, Librettist, Composer, Honoree, Annotator, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR4513, 821.7
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Tales, 1812, and other selected poems by George Crabbe( Book )

24 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This selection of Crabbe's work includes the entire 'Tales of 1812', two-thirds of 'The Parish Register' and nearly half of 'The Borough', besides other poems
Poems by George Crabbe( Book )

95 editions published between 1807 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The library; a poem by George Crabbe( Book )

52 editions published between 1781 and 2018 in English and held by 768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetical works of George Crabbe by George Crabbe( Book )

48 editions published between 1829 and 1977 in English and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PARISH REGISTER by George Crabbe( )

9 editions published between 1901 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Crabbe was born on December 24th, 1754 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. He was sent to school at a very young age and soon developed an avid and precocious interest in books. Crabbe was sent first to a boarding-school at Bungay, and a few years later to a school at Stowmarket, where he learnt mathematics and Latin. His early reading included William Shakespeare, Alexander Pope, Abraham Cowley, Sir Walter Raleigh and Edmund Spenser. Medicine had now been settled on as his future career and, after three years at Stowmarket, in 1768, he was apprenticed to a local doctor at Wickhambrook, near Bury St Edmunds. In 1772, a lady's magazine offered a prize for the best poem on ‘hope’. Crabbe entered and won. The magazine then printed other short pieces of his during the year. His first major work, Inebriety, was self-published in 1775. By this time he had completed his medical training and returned to Aldeburgh. Low finances meant his intention to go to London to study at a hospital was abandoned and instead he worked as a warehouseman. The following year, 1777, he did travel to London to practice medicine, but returned home with financial woes. Crabbe continued to practice as a surgeon but with limited surgical skills, he received only the poorest of patients, together with small and undependable fees. He moved to London again in April 1780, to see if he could make it as a poet, or, if that failed, as a doctor. By the end of May he had been forced to pawn his surgical instruments. With the publication in May 1783 of his poem The Village, Crabbe achieved popularity with both the public and critics. Samuel Johnson said of it in a letter to Reynolds "I have sent you back Mr. Crabbe's poem, which I read with great delight. It is original, vigorous, and elegant." In 1796 their third son, Edmund, died at the age of six. The death shredded Sarah’s mental health and she never recovered. Crabbe, a devoted husband, tended her until her death many years later. In September 1807, Crabbe published a new volume of poems which included The Library, The Newspaper, The Village and The Parish Register, to which were added Sir Eustace Grey and The Hall of Justice. It had been decades since his last publication but now he was seen as an important poet. Crabbe's next volume of poetry, Tales, was published in 1812. It received a warm welcome from the poet's admirers, and critics. It is now considered Crabbe’s masterpiece. In the summer of 1813, Sarah felt well enough to visit London again. George, Sarah and their two sons spent nearly three months there. The family returned to Muston in September, and at October’s end Sarah died at age 63. In June 1819, Crabbe published his collection Tales of the Hall. Around 1820 Crabbe began suffering from frequent severe attacks of neuralgia, and this, together with his age, made him less able to travel to London. In November 1822 he went to see his son George. He was able to preach twice for his son, who congratulated him on the power of his voice. "I will venture a good sum, sir," he said, "that you will be assisting me ten years hence." "Ten weeks" was Crabbe's answer. The prediction proved eerily accurate. George Crabbe died on February 3rd, 1832, aged 77 at Trowbridge, Wiltshire with his two sons by his side
New poems by George Crabbe( Book )

12 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten( )

27 editions published between 1956 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a small fishing community on the east coast of England, the story of conflict between an individual and a society that sees him as an outsider
The borough : a poem, in twenty-four letters by George Crabbe( Book )

50 editions published between 1810 and 2019 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by George Crabbe( Book )

16 editions published between 1905 and 2014 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales of the hall by George Crabbe( Book )

39 editions published between 1819 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales: by George Crabbe( )

36 editions published between 1812 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discourse, read in the chapel at Belvoir Castle by George Crabbe( )

29 editions published between 1788 and 2005 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected poetry by George Crabbe( Book )

22 editions published between 1950 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rooted in the Suffolk landscape of his youth, the poetry of George Crabbe is some of the most distinctive and original of the early nineteenth century, exploring ordinary, often harsh working lives in realistic, subtle language. This selection contains the best of Crabbe's poetry from throughout his career, including 'Peter Grimes' from The Borough, the powerful 'Sir Eustace Grey', the complete Tales of 1812 and the remarkable late work 'The Family of Love'. Depicting people struggling against the undertow of the past and against their own frailties, these are works of great generosity and human sympathy. This Penguin Classics volume is edited with an introduction and notes by Gavin Edwards. George Crabbe was born in 1754 in Suffolk. The son of a collector of salt-duties, he spent a period of apprenticeship and unsuccessful practice as an apothecary and surgeon before moving to London to make his way as a writer. Struggling with destitution, he was befriended by Edmund Burke, who helped him first to get his work published and then to embark on a career in the church. His religious career culminated in his appointment as Rector of Trowbridge in Wiltshire, where he died in 1832. Gavin Edwards is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of South Wales. He is the author of George Crabbe's Poetry on Border Land (1990) and Narrative Order 1789-1819: Life and Story in an Age of Revolution (2005)
The complete poetical works by George Crabbe( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetical works of Crabbe, Heber, and Pollok : complete in one volume by George Crabbe( Book )

36 editions published between 1839 and 2010 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inebriety and the Candidate by George Crabbe( )

5 editions published between 1901 and 2017 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miscellaneous poems by George Crabbe( )

6 editions published between 1847 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crabbe by Alfred Ainger( Book )

11 editions published between 1903 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The response of one poet to the work of another can be doubly illuminating. In each volume of this new Penguin series a modern poet presents his own edition of the work of a British or American poet of the past. By their choice of poet, by their selection of verses, and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their introductions, the poets of today thus provide and intriguing insight into themselves and their own work whilst reviving interest in poetry they have particularly admired.--Cover
Tales by George Crabbe( Book )

17 editions published between 1812 and 1815 in English and Undetermined and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The village ; and, the newspaper by George Crabbe( )

6 editions published between 1901 and 2017 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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