By Anna Mercer
A report below from Amy Wilcockson, winner of The Scottish Romanticism Research Award 2019. Amy is a doctoral researcher in the School of English at the University of Nottingham.
In August 2019, I was lucky enough to be awarded the UCSL-BARS Scottish Romanticism Research Award, a prize given to assist postgraduates and early career scholars in their studies in Scottish libraries and archives. Whilst previous winners have used the awarded funds of £300 to put towards research trips to Dundee and Edinburgh, I chose to visit Glasgow, and dig deep into the archives held in the Mitchell Library and the University of Glasgow Library.
The objects of my search were the letters of the Scottish poet and public figure, Thomas Campbell (1777-1844). Although Campbell is probably best known for being praised by Lord Byron for his Popean verses, he himself was a bestselling poet of the Romantic period, whose 1799 debut, The Pleasures of Hope, catapulted him to fame. Over his lifetime, Campbell had an incredibly diverse career, with ventures including a decade as editor of the prominent Romantic periodical The New Monthly Magazine, a stint as a lecturer at the Royal Institution, and an illustrious period as …read more