TQM: Notes 1

These are Glossary and Note pages.   This one has basic book info,   Notes Page 2 starts a chronological examination of annotatable aspects and Page 3 continues that.

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Quickening Maze –

Synopsis  (from Amazon.com)
Based on real events in Epping Forest on the edge of London around 1840, The Quickening Maze centers on the first incarceration of the great nature poet John Clare. After years struggling with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, Clare finds himself in High Beach Private Asylum – an institution run on reformist principles which would later become known as occupational therapy. At the same time another poet, the young Alfred Tennyson, moves nearby and becomes entangled in the life and catastrophic schemes of the asylum’s owner, the peculiar, charismatic Dr Matthew Allen.

For John Clare, a man who had grown up steeped in the freedoms and exhilarations of nature, who thought ‘the edge of the world was a day’s walk away’, a locked door is a kind of death. This intensely lyrical novel describes his vertiginous fall, through hallucinatory episodes of insanity and dissolving identity, towards his final madness.
Historically accurate, but brilliantly imagined, the closed world of High Beach and its various inmates – the doctor, his lonely daughter in love with Tennyson, the brutish staff and John Clare himself – are brought vividly to life. Outside the walls is Nature, and Clare’s paradise: the birds and animals, the gypsies living in the forest; his dream of home, of redemption, of escape. Rapturous yet precise, exquisitely written, rich in
character and detail, this is a remarkable and deeply affecting book: a visionary novel which contains a world.

Historical Characters
• Reverend Dr Matthew Allen – head of the Allen family and
“…worked as an apothecary at the asylum in York before setting up his own establishment in Epping Forest.”  http://www.adnax.com/notes/6victoriannotes.htm
progressive doctor in charge of High Beach Private Asylum

In 1831 Allen wrote and published a very influential essay called “The Classification of the Insane” based on phrenology.  This work included Thomas Carlyle (“The French Revolution”), Alfred Tennyson and others as fans.
From http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=037-qsbb_4&cid=-1#-1

Q/SBb 545/32  27 September 1841
1 item(s)
Doctor Matthew Allen's (Fair Mead House, High Beach) notice
for three lunatic licences;Fair Mead House for the reception of
twenty insane persons male and female not parish pauper pati-
ents, under Dr Allen's immediate supervision;Leopards Hill
Lodge, High Beach for the reception of thirty insane male persons
 not parish pauper patients, under the superintendance of William
 Stockdale widower;Springfield House, High Beach for the reception
 of sixteen insane female persons not parish pauper patients,
under the superintendance of Esther Hall spinster.

• George Stockdale was an attendant at the asylum as per the above.

The above notice is probably a renewal as Allen had been in business at High Beach House  since the late 1820s.
This is a biography by Margaret C. Barnet:

• John Clare – nature poet and inmate at High Beach (There is soooo much available on him)
http://johnclareephemera.blogspot.com/    (beautiful site)

• Alfred Tennyson – poet and brother of Septimus Tennyson, a patient at High Beach

• Reception & Reviews
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2009/oct/02/books-adam-foulds-quickening-maze –

Adam Foulds talking to Claire Armistead about the novel
• http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/may/02/the-quickening-maze

• http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/5323616/The-Quickening-Maze-by-Adam-Foulds-review.html

• http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-quickening-maze-byadam-foulds-1692331.html


• http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/5290544/The-Quickening-Maze-by-Adam-Foulds-review.html

• http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2009/05/tennyson-novel-clare-allen

Adam Foulds Biography
Adam Foulds was born in 1974. He took a Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia and now lives in South London. His first novel, The Truth About These Strange Times, was published in 2007 and his book-length narrative poem, The Broken Word, the following year. He was the winner of the 2008 Costa Poetry Award, the 2008 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the 2008 Somerset Maugham Award and the 2007 Betty Trask Award. The Quickening Maze was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker
Prize. Extended biography can be found here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Foulds


Foulds reading

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