Thomas Love Peacock: Maid Marian

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  • James Mulvihill (University of Alberta)

Maid Marian (1822), like the work that followed it, The Misfortunes of Elphin (1829), represents a new emphasis, if not a new direction for Peacock. Published in the decade following Peacock’s first three novels, they differ from the latter in their historical settings, twelfth-century England in the case of Maid Marian and eighth-century Wales in the case of Misfortunes. If they are set in the past, however, and dispense with the dialogic format of the novels of talk in favor of narrative, these works retain Peacock’s satiric focus—hence their designation as “satiric romances.” Their historical settings notwithstanding, however, they are as topical as Peacock’s other …

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Mulvihill, James. "Maid Marian". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2008
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