Thomas Hood was a British humorist, publisher and poet whose popular verse injected some much-needed levity and realism into early nineteenth-century literature. This volume collects a broad cross-section of his most important work, including "The Song of the Shirt," a moving portrait of poverty that garnered widespread acclaim in its day.
This book consists of essays presented as lectures to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The context was a special class during which students were reading the published work of Erving Goffman and writing about what they were reading. Some students enrolled as philosophy students and others as sociology students. Professor Hood and Professor Van De Vate often handed out printed versions to the students on the day they were presented. Dr. Hood took these printed versions to prepare the manuscript in a continuous form. The lectures themselves were presented some years apart, since the two departments agreed to offer the course only occasionally. The essays were designed to stimulate questions about what Goffman concludes, as well his techniques of observing and analyzing social life.
Contents.- v. 1-9. [Prose and verse chronologically arranged]- v. 10. Memorials of Thomas Hood, etc. - v. 11. Tylney Hall.