By Richard Cronin
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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1798: The Year of the Lyrical Ballads by Richard Cronin