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Author Bugg, John W., 1972-
Title Five long winters : the trials of British Romanticism / John Bugg.
Imprint Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2013.

Subject Authors, English -- 18th century -- Political and social views.
English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Romanticism -- England.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1789-1820.
Description 1 online resource (261 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This title claims that the British government's repression of the 1790s rivals the French Revolution as the most important historical event for our understanding of the development of Romantic literature. Romanticism has long been associated with both rebellion and escapism, and much Romantic historicism traces an arc from the outburst of democratic energy in British culture triggered by the French Revolution to a dwingling of enthusiasm later in the 1790s, when events in France turned violent.
Contents Introduction : the repressive 1790s -- Plots discovered : Coleridge, Godwin, and the 1795 gagging acts -- Close confinement : John Thelwall and the romantic prison -- "Hell broth" : the trials of Benjamin Flower -- "By force, or openly, what could be done" : Godwin, Smith, Wollstonecraft, and the gagging acts novel -- "I cannot tell" : Wordsworth's gagging acts -- Epilogue : Wordsworth and the death of Pitt.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed December 6, 2013).
ISBN 9780804787307 (electronic bk.)
0804787301 (electronic bk.)
0804785104 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780804785105 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 868977266
Additional Format Print version: Bugg, John W., 1972- Five long winters. 9780804785105 0804785104 (DLC) 2013026238