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By Richard Cronin

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1798 is an important date in literary historical past: in that 12 months the Lyrical Ballads have been released anonymously by way of Joseph Cottle, the Bristol bookseller. yet this can be a quantity now not in regards to the Lyrical Ballads , yet approximately their yr. it really is an try and re-create and think about the literary tradition of 1798, the tradition on which Wordsworth and Coleridge determined to make their 'experiment'. it's a booklet within which Wordsworth and Coleridge vie for cognizance, as they did in 1798, with many different writers, together with Schleiermacher, John Thelwall, Mary Hays, the Abbe Barruel, Walter Savage Landor, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Malthus, Joanna Baillie, George Canning, Robert Sothey and the Reverend T.J. Mathias. The chapters of this e-book interact to outline a unmarried ancient second that marked the start of romanticism in England.

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Here, notably, the tempter's diabolic character is ascribed to a radically bookish lady: she 'seems to me', says the mother, 'like the demon of mischief' (433). What is more, the scene of temptation is emphatically a scene of reading. 39 Wollstonecraft's 'fatal book', which suggests the tree of 'knowledge' and its dubious effect on female minds,4o has become an instrument of evil. A comparable scene of diabolic instruction occurs in a novel by Charles Lucas, a miscellaneous writer and divine, who in 1801 publishes The Infernal Quixote.

They could have no relation but to factitious rules of decorum. There are no circumstances of her life, that, in the judgment of honour and reason, could brand her with disgrace. Never did there exist a human being, that needed, with less fear, expose all their actions, and call upon the universe to judge them. An event of the most deplorable sort, has awfully imposed silence upon the gabble of frivolity. (Memoirs, 148-9) Godwin's trustfulness is awe-inspiring, his very obtuseness rather moving.

Exemptions are allocated to poetry and 'personal' prose, presumably, on the understanding that works of this kind are subservient to the norms of sexual difference. The anxieties surrounding the genus of the woman writer have to do with specific categories of writing. Consternation in this quarter does seem to have heated up, however: in 1796 the Monthly Magazine's Enquirer, William Enfield, could portray a young woman who 'thinks it no discredit to be called one of Mrs. Wollstonecraft's female philosophers' (1 (April 1796), 181).

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