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Notorious facts : publicity in romantic England, 1780-1830 /
James Mulvihill.
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; Lanham, Md. : Co-published with Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group, c2011.
description
xxv, 197 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1611493463 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781611493467 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; Lanham, Md. : Co-published with Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group, c2011.
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1611493463 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781611493467 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Libelous truths : power and publicity -- Three English perspectives -- An essay on the evils of scandal, slander, and misrepresentation -- Jeremy Bentham : "An essay on political tactics" -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge : the friend -- Three pamphlet controversies -- Secret influence, public ruin! -- Matter of fact for the multitude -- A few cursory remarks upon the state of parties -- English libel law : the King v. John and Leigh Hunt -- Regal obsessions : scandal and the Prince of Wales -- Men versus measures -- The Fitzherbert affair -- John Horne Tooke : a letter to a friend -- Philip Withers and the Alfred pamphlets -- The Jefferys affair -- The delicate investigation -- Nathaniel Jefferys : a review of the conduct of the Prince of Wales -- Secret histories : the popular idiom of exposure secret history and publicity -- Royal revelations -- Thomas Ashe : the spirit of "the book" -- Mary Anne Clarke : Minutes of evidence and The rival princes -- Napoleonic disclosures -- The exposé, or, Napoleon Buonaparte unmasked (1809) -- The secret history of the cabinet of Bonaparte (1810) -- Historic doubts relative to Napoleon Buonaparte (1819) -- Green room exposés -- Joseph Haslewood, The secret history of the green-room -- Edwin versus McCready -- Celebrity turns : William Hazlitt and the Reverend Edward Irving -- William Hazlitt -- "Whether actors ought to sit in the boxes" -- Liber amoris -- The spirit of the age -- Edward Irving -- Hazlitt on Irving -- Ministry and media -- Dangerous preaching -- Afterword.
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8289914
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-188) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
James Mulvihill is professor of English Romanticism at the University of Alberta.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-06-01:
Mulvihill (Univ. of Alberta) examines pamphlets, journalism, "secret histories" (fictional and otherwise), and other popular genres of the Romantic period to show how in the culture of the period "reason is supplanted by reputation" (paraphrased from Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Eng. tr., CH, Mar'90, 27-4175). This clearly written book concerns "the triumphant rise of publicity" and "the fatal identity of personality and publicity." Though the book knowingly follows Jon Klancher's The Making of English Reading Audiences (1987) and Andrew Franta's Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public (2007), it distinguishes itself by its argument--that "principled exposure of power was displaced by a fascination with sensational personal exposure"--and by its examples. Scandals surveyed herein include the love life and marriage(s) of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV), including the trial of Queen Caroline; corruptions in the administration of William Pitt the Younger; and William Hazlitt's critical accounts of the celebrity preacher Edward Irving. Ironies are critical to the argument: "assaults on popular celebrity perversely draw celebrities to ... performances" of Rev. Edwards's celebrity, and their manipulation of public opinion is "just another form of the culture industry engaged in fabricating other idols." Includes a useful bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. T. Hoagwood Texas A&M University
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Mulvihill (Univ. of Alberta) examines pamphlets, journalism, "secret histories" (fictional and otherwise), and other popular genres of the Romantic period to show how in the culture of the period "reason is supplanted by reputation" (paraphrased from Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Eng. tr., CH, Mar'90, 27-4175). This clearly written book concerns "the triumphant rise of publicity" and "the fatal identity of personality and publicity." Though the book knowingly follows Jon Klancher's The Making of English Reading Audiences (1987) and Andrew Franta's Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public (2007), it distinguishes itself by its argument--that "principled exposure of power was displaced by a fascination with sensational personal exposure"--and by its examples. Scandals surveyed herein include the love life and marriage(s) of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV), including the trial of Queen Caroline; corruptions in the administration of William Pitt the Younger; and William Hazlitt's critical accounts of the celebrity preacher Edward Irving. Ironies are critical to the argument: "assaults on popular celebrity perversely draw celebrities to ... performances" of Rev. Edwards's celebrity, and their manipulation of public opinion is "just another form of the culture industry engaged in fabricating other idols." Includes a useful bibliography. Summing Up: Recommended.
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Long Description
Notorious Facts examines the sensationalistic confounding of persons and principles in Romantic public life (1780-1830). Its purview is limited to four decades straddling the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but its trajectory, moving from a politics rendered in personal terms to a politics of personality, describes a shift still in process today. The study's chapters draw on a motley body of literature (pamphlets, secret histories, and the like) that at first glance seems uncharacteristic of what literary historians call the English Romantic period. Viewed in the context of something called late Georgian England they seem more indigenous, but if the canonical revisionism of the last few decades should teach us anything, it is that a Romanticism encompassing all romanticism ideally excludes nothing. In its heroic Enlightenment sense, publicity is concerned with exposing the workings of power for all to see. A good deal may be inferred about publicity in Romantic England from primary texts in which the salutary function is at once espoused and subverted. These texts--the mostly nameless or pseudonymous authors of the age's pamphlet literature are the heroes and villains of the piece--almost invariably claim to speak from a disinterested conception of publicity while putting its methods of critical exposure to wholly self-interested purposes. This study examines well-know authors of the period like Jeremy Bentham, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Hazlitt, as well as pamphleteers like John Horne Tooke, Philip Withers, and Nathaniel Jefferys. Other figures include authors of secret history like Thomas Ashe, Mary Anne Clarke, Lewis Goldsmith, and Joseph Haslewood in addition to notorious figures in their own right such as the Prince and Princess of Wales, Mrs. Fitzherbert, and the Reverend Edward Irving. Among the topics treated are treasonous libel, royal scandal, secret history, and celebrity.
Long Description
Notorious Facts examines the sensationalistic confounding of persons and principles in the public life of Romantic England (1780 “1830). Its purview is limited to five decades straddling the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but its trajectory, moving from a politics rendered in personal terms to a politics of personality, describes a shift still in process today. The study "s chapters draw on a motley body of literature (pamphlets, secret histories, and the like) that at first glance seems uncharacteristic of what literary historians call the English Romantic period. Viewed in the context of something called late Georgian England, these texts seem more indigenous, but if the canonical revisionism of the last few decades should teach us anything, it is that a Romanticism encompassing all romanticisms ideally excludes nothing. In its heroic Enlightenment sense, publicity is concerned with exposing the workings of power for all to see. A good deal may be inferred about publicity in Romantic England from primary texts in which this salutary function is at once espoused and subverted. These texts ”the mostly nameless or pseudonymous authors of the age "s pamphlet literature are the heroes and villains of the piece ”almost invariably claim to speak from a disinterested conception of publicity while putting its methods of critical exposure to wholly self-interested purposes. This study examines well-known authors of the period like Jeremy Bentham, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Hazlitt, as well as pamphleteers like John Horne Tooke, Philip Withers, and Nathaniel Jefferys. Other figures include authors of secret history like Thomas Ashe, Mary Anne Clarke, Lewis Goldsmith, and Joseph Haslewood in addition to notorious figures in their own right such as the Prince and Princess of Wales, Mrs. Fitzherbert, and the Reverend Edward Irving. Among the topics treated are treasonous libel, royal scandal, secret history, and celebrity.
Long Description
Notorious Facts examines the sensationalistic confounding of persons and principles in the public life of Romantic England (1780–1830). Its purview is limited to four decades straddling the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but its trajectory, moving from a politics rendered in personal terms to a politics of personality, describes a shift still in process today. The study’s chapters draw on a motley body of literature (pamphlets, secret histories, and the like) that at first glance seems uncharacteristic of what literary historians call the English Romantic period. Viewed in the context of something called late Georgian England, they seem more indigenous, but if the canonical revisionism of the last few decades should teach us anything, it is that a Romanticism encompassing all romanticisms ideally excludes nothing. In its heroic Enlightenment sense, publicity is concerned with exposing the workings of power for all to see. A good deal may be inferred about publicity in Romantic England from primary texts in which this salutary function is at once espoused and subverted. These texts-the mostly nameless or pseudonymous authors of the age’s pamphlet literature are the heroes and villains of the piece-almost invariably claim to speak from a disinterested conception of publicity while putting its methods of critical exposure to wholly self-interested purposes. This study examines well-known authors of the period like Jeremy Bentham, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Hazlitt, as well as pamphleteers like John Horne Tooke, Philip Withers, and Nathaniel Jefferys. Other figures include authors of secret history like Thomas Ashe, Mary Anne Clarke, Lewis Goldsmith, and Joseph Haslewood in addition to notorious figures in their own right such as the Prince and Princess of Wales, Mrs. Fitzherbert, and the Reverend Edward Irving. Among the topics treated are treasonous libel, royal scandal, secret history, and celebrity.
Long Description
Notorious Facts examines the sensationalistic confounding of persons and principles in the public life of Romantic England (1780 “1830). Its purview is limited to four decades straddling the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but its trajectory, moving from a politics rendered in personal terms to a politics of personality, describes a shift still in process today. The study "s chapters draw on a motley body of literature (pamphlets, secret histories, and the like) that at first glance seems uncharacteristic of what literary historians call the English Romantic period. Viewed in the context of something called late Georgian England, they seem more indigenous, but if the canonical revisionism of the last few decades should teach us anything, it is that a Romanticism encompassing all romanticisms ideally excludes nothing. In its heroic Enlightenment sense, publicity is concerned with exposing the workings of power for all to see. A good deal may be inferred about publicity in Romantic England from primary texts in which this salutary function is at once espoused and subverted. These texts ”the mostly nameless or pseudonymous authors of the age "s pamphlet literature are the heroes and villains of the piece ”almost invariably claim to speak from a disinterested conception of publicity while putting its methods of critical exposure to wholly self-interested purposes. This study examines well-known authors of the period like Jeremy Bentham, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Hazlitt, as well as pamphleteers like John Horne Tooke, Philip Withers, and Nathaniel Jefferys. Other figures include authors of secret history like Thomas Ashe, Mary Anne Clarke, Lewis Goldsmith, and Joseph Haslewood in addition to notorious figures in their own right such as the Prince and Princess of Wales, Mrs. Fitzherbert, and the Reverend Edward Irving. Among the topics treated are treasonous libel, royal scandal, secret history, and celebrity.
Long Description
Notorious Facts examines the sensationalistic confounding of persons and principles in the public life of Romantic England (17801830). Its purview is limited to five decades straddling the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but its trajectory, moving from a politics rendered in personal terms to a politics of personality, describes a shift still in process today. The study's chapters draw on a motley body of literature (pamphlets, secret histories, and the like) that at first glance seems uncharacteristic of what literary historians call the English Romantic period. Viewed in the context of something called late Georgian England, these texts seem more indigenous, but if the canonical revisionism of the last few decades should teach us anything, it is that a Romanticism encompassing all romanticisms ideally excludes nothing. In its heroic Enlightenment sense, publicity is concerned with exposing the workings of power for all to see. A good deal may be inferred about publicity in Romantic England from primary texts in which this salutary function is at once espoused and subverted. These texts-the mostly nameless or pseudonymous authors of the age's pamphlet literature are the heroes and villains of the piece-almost invariably claim to speak from a disinterested conception of publicity while putting its methods of critical exposure to wholly self-interested purposes. This study examines well-known authors of the period like Jeremy Bentham, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and William Hazlitt, as well as pamphleteers like John Horne Tooke, Philip Withers, and Nathaniel Jefferys. Other figures include authors of secret history like Thomas Ashe, Mary Anne Clarke, Lewis Goldsmith, and Joseph Haslewood in addition to notorious figures in their own right such as the Prince and Princess of Wales, Mrs. Fitzherbert, and the Reverend Edward Irving. Among the topics treated are treasonous libel, royal scandal, secret history, and celebrity.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Libelous Truths: Power and Publicityp. 1
Three English Perspectivesp. 1
An Essay on the Evils of Scandal, Slander, and Misrepresentationp. 1
Jeremy Bentham: "An Essay on Political Tactics"p. 6
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Friendp. 12
Three Pamphlet Controversiesp. 17
Secret Influence Public Ruin!p. 18
Matter of Fact for the Multitudep. 23
A Few Cursory Remarks upon the State of Partiesp. 25
English Libel Lawp. 28
The King v. John and Leigh Huntp. 34
Regal Obsessions: Scandal and the Prince of Walesp. 39
Men versus Measuresp. 39
The Fitzherbert Affairp. 42
John Home Tooke: A Letter to a Friendp. 42
Philip Withers and the Alfred Pamphletsp. 49
The Jefferys Affairp. 59
The Delicate Investigationp. 59
Nathaniel Jefferys: A Review of the Conduct of the Prince of Walesp. 64
Secret Histories: The Popular Idiom of Exposurep. 73
Secret History and Publicityp. 73
Royal Revelationsp. 77
Thomas Ashe: The Spirit of "The Book"p. 78
Mary Anne Clarke: Minutes of Evidence and The Rival Princesp. 85
Napoleonic Disclosuresp. 91
Pete Coxe: The Expose; or, Napoleon Buonaparte Unmasked (1809)p. 91
Lewis Goldsmith: The Secret History of the Cabinet of Bonaparte (1810)p. 92
Historic Doubts Relative to Napoleon Buonaparte (1819)p. 98
Green Room Exposésp. 101
Joseph Haslewood: The Secret History of the Green-Roomp. 103
Edwin versus McCreadyp. 107
Celebrity Turns: William Hazlitt and the Reverend Edward Irvingp. 111
William Hazlittp. 111
"Whether Actors Ought to Sit in the Boxes"p. 113
Liber Amorisp. 119
The Spirit of the Agep. 123
Edward Irvingp. 127
Hazlitt on Irvingp. 129
Ministry and Mediap. 139
Dangerous Preachingp. 145
Afterwordp. 153
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 189
About the Authorp. 199
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