By Duncan Wu
Brimming with the attention-grabbing eccentricities of a posh andconfusing stream whose impacts proceed to resonate deeply,30 nice Myths in regards to the Romantics provides nice readability towhat we all know or imagine we all know approximately one ofthe most vital classes in literary historical past. * Explores some of the misconceptions generally linked withRomanticism, supplying provocative insights that right and clarifyseveral of the commonly-held myths concerning the key figures of thisera * Corrects a number of the biases and ideology concerning the Romanticsthat have crept into the 21st-century zeitgeist for examplethat they have been a number of drug-addled atheists who believed in freelove; that Blake was once a madman; and that Wordsworth slept with hissister * Celebrates numerous of the mythic items, characters, and ideasthat have handed down from the Romantics into modern tradition from Blake s Jerusalem and Keats sOde on a Grecian Urn to the literary style of thevampire * Engagingly written to supply readers with a enjoyable but scholarlyintroduction to Romanticism and key writers of the interval, applyingthe most modern scholarship to the sequence of myths thatcontinue to form our appreciation in their paintings
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Pricing was the key to reaching a wider audience. When in 1792 Thomas Paine dropped the price of The Rights of Man from 3s. 6d. to a mere sixpence, it became available to large numbers of people who normally had no access to such things. It is not known exactly how many copies went into circulation, but St Clair suggests 20,000, many of which were read aloud to enthusiastic listeners. 5 Twopence was the price charged by William Hone for his politically subversive pamphlets, The Late John Wilkes’s Catechism of a Ministerial Member, The Political Litany, and The Sinecurist’s Creed, or Belief, which precipitated his prosecution in 1817.
6 All the same, the French Revolution did spell the end of something other than the royal family and their hangers-on. As Dorinda Outram notes, it was the first such event to have ‘created something completely new, a break in the passage of history, and a “new order”. 8 For Coleridge, Blake, and (to some extent) Wordsworth, revolution in America and France, and the war that ensued in 1793, declared nothing less than the incipient millennium (Christ’s thousand-year rule on earth as predicted in the Revelation of St John the Divine).
For Coleridge’s views on Franklin, Lavoisier, and Priestley, see Ian Wylie, Young Coleridge and the Philosophers of Nature (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989). Jane Stabler helpfully compares Coleridge’s understanding of Priestley with that of Barbauld in ‘Space for Speculation: Coleridge, Barbauld, and the Poetics of Priestley’, in Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life, ed. Nicholas Roe (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001), pp. 174–204. Hazlitt’s response to Priestley’s lectures at Hackney is touched on by Duncan Wu, William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp.