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(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

As a journalist, Thomas Hood contributed prose as well as poetry to such periodicals as the London Magazine, The New Monthly Magazine, and Hood’s Magazine and Comic Miscellany. He also wrote drama criticism for The Atlas for several months in 1826, before trying to write dramatic pieces of his own. In 1828, he wrote an ill-fated farce, York and Lancaster: Or, A School Without Scholars, for the theater manager Frederick Henry Yates, and followed this unsuccessful attempt with at least two more burlesques that have been lost in whole or in part. He wrote two closet dramas that were not published until after his death: Lamia: A Romance (pb. 1852) based on John Keats’s poem of the same title, and Guido and Marina: A Dramatic Sketch (pb. 1882), a romantic dialogue.

Hood did numerous etchings and drawings for his publications and had others executed under his direction. His best-known engraving, “The Progress of Cant,” a large Hogarthian-style work published in 1825, shows a rag-tag parade of Londoners bearing signs and banners to proclaim their favorite causes and philosophies, meanwhile exhibiting their contrary actions.

Encouraged by the early success of his first volumes of comic verse, Hood published a two-volume collection of short stories titled National Tales in 1827; unfortunately, just as his attempts to write drama demonstrated his lack of dramatic skill, the...

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