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Burke, Paine, Godwin, and the Revolution Controversy : Cambridge English Prose Texts - Marilyn Butler

Burke, Paine, Godwin, and the Revolution Controversy

Cambridge English Prose Texts

By: Marilyn Butler (Editor)

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Published: 13th August 1984
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Cambridge English Prose Texts consists of volumes devoted to selections of non-fictional English prose of the late sixteenth to the mid nineteenth centuries. The series provides students, primarily though not exclusively those of English literature, with the opportunity of reading significant prose writers who, for a variety of reasons (not least their generally being unavailable in suitable editions), are rarely studied, but whose influence on their times was very considerable. Marilyn Butler's volume centres on the great Revolution debate in England in the 1790s, inspired by the French Revolution. The debate consists of a single series of works which depend for their meaning upon one another, and upon the historical situation which gave them birth. Major tracts by Burke (Reflections on the Revolution in France), Paine (The Rights of Man), and Godwin (Enquiry Concerning Political Justice) are given at length, while important shorter pieces by such writers as Hannah More, Thomas Spence, and William Cobbett appear virtually complete. The volume is especially interesting for its portrait of a community of oppositional writers. Many of them knew one another personally, and stimulated and sustained one another against the pro-government majority. Their collaborative literary enterprise, and its break up, offer a fascinating perspective on Romanticism and the growth of an extra-parliamentary opposition functioning through the press. The volume also reveals the impact of the great debate on writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Coleridge, and Wordsworth. As with other titles in the series, the volume is comprehensively annotated: obscure allusions to people, places, and events are glossed in footnotes and endnotes, while prefactory headnotes comment on the circumstances surrounding the composition of each extract. In a substantial introduction Dr Butler offers a broad examination of this pamphlet war and its main participants. There is a helpful critical guide to further reading for those wishing to pursue their study of the subject. The volume will be a vital sourcebook for students of English Romantic literature, history, and political history.

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Editorial notep. xii
Introductory essayp. 1
The Diversions of Purleyp. 18
A Discourse on the Love of our Countryp. 23
Reflections on the Revolution in Francep. 33
A Letter to a Noble Lordp. 49
Thoughts and Details on Scarcityp. 60
A Vindication of the Rights of Menp. 72
A Vindication of the Rights of Womanp. 74
Letters from Francep. 80
Letters to the Right Hon. Edmund Burkep. 83
Vindiciae Gallicaep. 90
Travels in France during the years 1787, 1788 and 1789p. 96
The Example of France, A Warning to Britainp. 102
The Rights of Manp. 107
The Age of Reasonp. 122
The Soldier's Friendp. 129
Observations on the Emigration of Dr. Joseph Priestleyp. 136
A Sermon, Preached ... on January 30, 1793p. 142
Appendix to a Sermon (1793)p. 145
Enquiry Concerning Political Justicep. 149
Cursory Strictures on the Charge Delivered by Lord Chief Justice Eyre to the Grand Jury, October 2, 1794p. 169
Village Politics. Addressed to all the Mechanics, Journeymen, and Day Labourers, in Great Britainp. 179
Politics for the People [also known as Hog's Wash]: 'King Chaunticlere; or, the Fate of Tyranny'p. 185
The Meridian Sun of Liberty; or the Whole Rights of Manp. 189
Conciones and Populump. 195
The Plot Discoveredp. 198
Robin Hoodp. 203
The Tribunep. 206
Sober Reflections on the Seditious and Inflammatory Letter of the Right Hon. Edmund Burkep. 209
The Antijacobin
The Antijacobin, or Weekly Examinerp. 214
A Reply to Some Parts of the Bishop of Landaff's Addressp. 220
'A Letter to the Bishop of Landaff'p. 224
Preface to the Lyrical Balladsp. 226
Notesp. 233
Select bibliographyp. 255
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ISBN: 9780521286565
ISBN-10: 0521286565
Series: Cambridge English Prose Texts
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 13th August 1984
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Type: Annotated