Romanticism and Revolution: A Reader

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Romanticism and Revolution: A Readerpresents an anthology of the key texts that both defined the debate over the French Revolution during the 1790s and influenced the Romantic authors.
  • Presents readings chronologically to allow readers to experience the unfolding of the debate as it occurred in the 1790s
  • Provides an accessible and in-depth sampling of the major contributors to the Revolution debate, from Price, Burke, and Paine to Wollstonecraft and Godwin 
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About the author

Jon Mee is Professor of Romanticism Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. He has also taught at the Australian National University, the University of Delhi, the University of Chicago and the University of Oxford.

David Fallon is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St Anne's College, University of Oxford, UK. He is currently writing a book on William Blake, Myth, and Enlightenment.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Dec 21, 2010
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Pages
216
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ISBN
9781444393491
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / General
Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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“Gallipoli and the Western Front to the end of 1916, as experienced by the author who served with the Australians and 1/Buckingham Bn of the O&B LI

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