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F. P. Lock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199541539

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541539.001.0001

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Triumph and Tribulation, 1790–1791

Triumph and Tribulation, 1790–1791

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(p.332) 8 Triumph and Tribulation, 1790–1791
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Edmund Burke, Volume II
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F.P. Lock

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541539.003.0008

This chapter discusses the triumph and tribulation experienced by British politician Edmund Burke related to the publication of his book Reflections on the Revolution in France. Burke was exposed to some ridicule because the book was prematurely advertised in early February when it was to be published in November 1790. Many of his opponents were ready for their criticisms and counterpoints. Thus, the immediate success of the book was both a relief and triumph for Burke. By the end of 1790, the book sold a total of 17,500 copies at five shillings each.

Keywords:   criticism, counterpoints, book publication, ridicule

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