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Writers, Readers, and ReputationsLiterary Life in Britain 1870-1918$
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Philip Waller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.001.0001

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Public Service and Party Politics

Public Service and Party Politics

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(p.903) 25 Public Service and Party Politics
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Writers, Readers, and Reputations
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Philip Waller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.003.0025

Some writers considered the idea of authors involving themselves in politics as misguided, even absurd; but several stood for Parliament after the extension of the franchise in 1884 (Conan Doyle, Rider Haggard, Silas K.Hocking, Anthony Hope) and a few became MPs (Hilaire Belloc, A. E. W. Mason, Gilbert Parker). John Buchan was adopted as a parliamentary candidate, although he never contested an election and later became Governor-General of Canada. This chapter expounds on the philosophies of these writers, together with those of William Archer, Arnold Bennett, Joseph Conrad, John Galsworthy, and Rudyard Kipling. Many debated whether causes were best advanced independently of political parties. Campaigns for penal reform and criminal law reform, which attracted not only Galsworthy but also Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, George R. Sims, and Oscar Wilde, are presented as a case study.

Keywords:   parliament, politics, penal reform, criminal law reform

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