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Unusual Suspects: Pitt's Reign of Alarm and the Lost Generation of the 1790s

Kenneth R. Johnston

Abstract

The French Revolution was greeted with enthusiasm by young British writers and intellectuals like William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, following the lead of slightly older ‘public intellectuals’ like Thomas Paine, Joseph Priestley, William Godwin, and John Thelwall. But as the revolution turned violent, British enthusiasm for it waned. Activists for the cause of British parliamentary reform, who had embraced the revolution’s symbolic potential, were badly caught out by the turn of events. The Reign of Terror (1793–4) sealed the revolution’s fate in British cultural memory, but it wa ... More

Keywords: British 1790s, Parliamentary reform, Treason, Romantic poets, French Revolution, Pitt’s reign of Alarm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657803.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth R. Johnston, author
Kenneth Johnston is Ruth N. Halls Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University