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Patriotism and Public Spirit: Edmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain

Ian Crowe


This book is an innovative study of the formative influences shaping the early writings of the Irish-English statesman Edmund Burke and an early case-study of the relationship between the business of bookselling and the politics of criticism and persuasion. Through a radical reassessment of the impact of Burke's “Irishness” and of his relationship with the London-based publisher Robert Dodsley, the book argues that Burke saw Patriotism as the best way to combine public spirit with the reinforcement of civil order and to combat the use of coded partisan thinking to achieve the dominance of one ... More

Keywords: Edmund Burke, Patriotism, criticism, bookselling, Robert Dodsley, public spirit, civil order, Alexander Pope, Lord Bolingbroke, Enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804781275
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Crowe, author