The Vagabond

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Broadview Press, 14 wrz 2004 - 389

First published in 1799, George Walker’s The Vagabond was an immediate popular success. Offering a vitriolic critique of post-Bastille Jacobinism and sansculotte-style mob rule, its true-to-life satirical portraits of many of the radical men and women who fought in the forefront of the "British Revolution" are nonetheless full of playful banter and farce. With swipes at Hume, Rousseau, Godwin, Wollstonecraft, and Paine; the French Revolution; and the ideas of the noble savage, natural virtue, liberty, equality, and romantic primitivism, The Vagabond offers a unique cross-section of 1790s radicalism.

This Broadview edition contains a critical introduction and a wide selection of primary source materials that situate the novel in the context of the revolutionary debate of the 1790s. Appendices include contemporary reviews of the novel and excerpts from the writings of a variety of radicals and reactionaries engaged in the debate, such as Hume, Rousseau, Paine, Thelwall, Wollstonecraft, Godwin, Burke, Playfair, Malthus, and Cobbett, among many others.

 

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Acknowledgements
7
A Note on the Text
44
The Meeting of Tivo Republican Philosophers
59
The New Morality of Friendship Honour
72
The Greatest Good Fully Illustrated by a Strange
83
The Vagabond meets with various Adventuresa
96
The Vagabond achieves several noble exploitsan
110
Humanity of a Mobthe Vagabond is unfortunately
116
Reasons for Peopling the WorldSpecimens of
158
The introduction of a very great ManMatter
168
The formation of the WorldA strange Event results
178
Reflections in a StormThe Delights
186
The pleasures of bending Nature to the Rules of Art
200
The Vagabonds arrive at a perfect Republic on
211
Moral Virtues theory and practiceStupeo is convinced
224
Stupeo quits the World in a blazing IdeaAn
239

Mr Humes Arguments for Adultery with practical
124
The omnipotence of Modern TruthMeditations
133
The Vagabond concludes his StoryThe effects
147
Notes
246
A Note on the Appendices
266
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W.M. Verhoeven is Professor of American Culture and Cultural Theory at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His publications include Revolutionary Histories: Transatlantic Cultural Nationalism, 1775-1815 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002) and Epistolary Histories: Letters, Fiction, Culture (with Amanda Gilroy, University of Virginia Press, 2000). He is also general editor of the ten-volume Anti-Jacobin Novels for Pickering & Chatto Publishers.

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