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John Clare (1793-1864) lived all his life in rural Northamptonshire. He is widely celebrated as one of England's great nature and folk-life writers.

Jonathan Bate is the celebrated author of Shakespeare and Ovid (1993) and The Genius of Shakespeare (1997). He is Leverhulme Research Professor and King Alfred Professor of English at the University of Warwick.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Clare, John, 1793-1864, Poets, English 19th century Biography, Psychiatric hospital patients Great Britain Biography, Agricultural laborers Great Britain Biography, Mentally ill Great Britain Biography, Country life in literature, Nature in literature