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The Last Men

Fiona J. Stafford

in The Last of the Race

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198112228
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112228.003.0009
The Last Men

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This article discusses Mary Shelley's novel The Last Man (1826), which appeared as a poem by Thomas Campbell (1823), a satirical ballad by Thomas Hood (1826), an unfinished drama by Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1823–25), a painting by John Martin (1826), and an anonymous prose fragment in Blackwood's Magazine (1826). All of these works focused on universal disaster and the sole surviving human being, making them attractive to writers who believed that they had outlived their cultural milieu and were stuck in an uncongenial age. The myth of the last of the race was at the same time enabling a new generation of writers to come up with their own forms without depending on earlier literature.

Keywords: Last Man; Mary Shelley; race; sole survivor

Chapter.  16821 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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