John Moore: Zeluco

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Zeluco, John Moore's popular and controversial 1789 novel, is almost unknown today, something that might have surprised its original readers. In his own day, Moore was compared favourably with his now more famous contemporaries, and the book's early admirers were both numerous and distinguished. Byron cited Zeluco as one of the figures that inspired his Childe Harold, and Robert Anderson, Moore's first biographer, thought that Byron and Tobias Smollett, in Ferdinand Count Fathom, were the only writers to compare with Moore as creators of fascinating villains. Other commentators were similarly struck by the power of the book and its profligate, coldly selfish central figure. Anna Laetitia Barbauld, whose introductions …

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Perkins, Pam. "Zeluco". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 October 2003
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