Christopher Smart: Clown of God
This new biography of Christopher Smart offers a picture of a multifaceted eighteenth-century wit whose writing has far-reaching social, political, and historical significance. Poet, journalist, theater performer, cross-dresser, and theologian, who was questionably incarcerated for insanity, wherever Smart found himself, his approach to life was at once serious and joyful, confirming him as one of God's clowns.
About the author:
Chris Mounsey worked for several years in theatre before an accident and four months' immobility, in which reading was the only possible occupation, led to an academic career. Degrees in Philosophy, Comparative Literature and English from the University of Warwick followed, and a doctorate on Blake founded an interest in literature of the eighteenth century. Dr. Mounsey, who now teaches at the University of Winchester, is author of Christopher Smart: Clown of God and editor of Presenting Gender and Queer People. He is also author of Understanding the Poetry of William Blake through a Dialectic of Contraries (2011) and Being the Body of Christ.