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The Collected Writings of Edward Rushton: (1756-1814)

The Collected Writings of Edward Rushton: (1756-1814) (Hardback)

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The edition brings together the known writings in poetry and prose of Edward Rushton (1756--1814). Blinded by trachoma after an outbreak on the slaving ship in which he was a young officer, Rushton returned to Liverpool to scratch a living as a publican, newspaper editor, and finally bookseller and publisher. In his day Rushton was a well-known Liverpool poet and reformer, with an impressively wide range of causes (the Liverpool Blind School, the Liverpool Marine Society, and many radical political groups). Many of his songs, particularly the marine ballads, were very familiar in Britain and America. In the later Victorian period, as a particular version of romanticism began to dominate literary sensibilities, Rushton's overt politics fell from favour and he became rather obscure, at least by comparison with his like-minded (but much better off) friend William Roscoe. As the history of slavery abolition and other radical causes has come to be re-examined, the bicentenary of Rushton's death, falling in November 2014, has suggested an opportunity to take a new look at his remarkable career and impressive body of work. There has never been a critical edition of Rushton's poems.

His own 1806 edition omits much (including what is his best-known work in modern times, the anti-slavery West-Indian Eclogues of 1787), and the posthumous 1824 edition omits much from the 1806 collection while drawing in other work. The edition works from the earliest datable sources, in newspapers, chapbooks, periodicals, and broadsides, providing a clean text with significant revisions and variants noted in the commentary, glosses on unfamiliar words, with brief contexts and explanations informed by the latest scholarship.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poetsFiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Liverpool University Press Publication Date: 31/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9781781381366  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Edward Rushton (1756-1814) was a poet, writer, bookseller and abolitionist. After losing his own vision, he opened a school for the blind, the oldest continuous such school in the world. Paul Baines is Professor of English at the University of Liverpool and co-editor of The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing.

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