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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones

Mary Shelley's representation of her narrative as "Sibylline" connects it with numerous popular uses of the figure of the Sybil, including Samuel Coleridge's 1817 collection of poetry and the writing of Mme. de Staël; and it in turn may have contributed to the continuing popularity of things Sibylline, as witnessed in productions like the parody (perhaps directly parodic of The Last Man) by T. H. Lister, and an advertised new edition of a series of engraved playing cards with illustrations by George Cruikshank.

Published @ RC

October 1997