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Burke, Paine, Godwin, and the Revolution Controversy

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ISBN-10: 0521286565

ISBN-13: 9780521286565

Edition: 1984

Authors: Marilyn Butler, Graham Storey

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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.
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Book details

List price: $51.99
Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/14/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature. She was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was initially rejected by the publisher she submitted it to and eventually published in 1813 after much revision. All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.

Acknowledgements
Editorial note
Introductory essay
The Diversions of Purley
A Discourse on the Love of our Country
Reflections on the Revolution in France
A Letter to a Noble Lord
Thoughts and Details on Scarcity
A Vindication of the Rights of Men
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Letters from France
Letters to the Right Hon. Edmund Burke
Vindiciae Gallicae
Travels in France during the years 1787, 1788 and 1789
The Example of France, A Warning to Britain
The Rights of Man
The Age of Reason
The Soldier's Friend
Observations on the Emigration of Dr. Joseph Priestley
A Sermon, Preached ... on January 30, 1793
Appendix to a Sermon (1793)
Enquiry Concerning Political Justice
Cursory Strictures on the Charge Delivered by Lord Chief Justice Eyre to the Grand Jury, October 2, 1794
Village Politics. Addressed to all the Mechanics, Journeymen, and Day Labourers, in Great Britain
Politics for the People [also known as Hog's Wash]: 'King Chaunticlere; or, the Fate of Tyranny'
The Meridian Sun of Liberty; or the Whole Rights of Man
Conciones and Populum
The Plot Discovered
Robin Hood
The Tribune
Sober Reflections on the Seditious and Inflammatory Letter of the Right Hon. Edmund Burke
The Antijacobin
The Antijacobin, or Weekly Examiner
A Reply to Some Parts of the Bishop of Landaff's Address
'A Letter to the Bishop of Landaff'
Preface to the Lyrical Ballads
Notes
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