Newgate in Revolution: An Anthology of Radical Prison Literature in the Age of Revolution

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Newgate in Revolution provides a useful and thought-provoking anthology of radical literature - satirical, philosophical and political writings - issued by the radicals and religious dissenters imprisoned in Newgate during the turbulent and nervous period 1780-1848.

Newgate was a dreaded prison during this period and its image and reputation coupled to make it the English equivalent of the French Bastille. For those who found themselves incarcerated in Newgate the experience was...

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Overview

Newgate in Revolution provides a useful and thought-provoking anthology of radical literature - satirical, philosophical and political writings - issued by the radicals and religious dissenters imprisoned in Newgate during the turbulent and nervous period 1780-1848.

Newgate was a dreaded prison during this period and its image and reputation coupled to make it the English equivalent of the French Bastille. For those who found themselves incarcerated in Newgate the experience was debilitating and repressive. However, in the case of the radical prisoners it is a curious irony that this repressive environment actually encouraged a fraternal spirit and fertilised a rich production of ideas and literature, which today offers a rare insight into this unique and fascinating culture. Newgate in Revolution reproduces a representative selection of the radical literature published from Newgate, including the first edited version of the prison diary of Thomas Lloyd.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826475329
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/7/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Davis, Lecturer in Humanities, University of Tasmania.

Iain McCalman is Professor and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra.

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Table of Contents

'Patriots in prison' : Newgate radicalism in the age of revolution
1 The jockey club; or a sketch of the manners of the age 1
2 An address to the Hon. Edmund Burke from the swinish multitude 25
3 An essay on the Nair system of gallantry and inheritance; shewing its superiority over marriage, as insuring an indubitable genuinness ov birth, and being more favorable tu population, the rights ov women, and the active disposition ov men 37
4 Impositions and abuses in the management of the jail of Newgate; pointed out and exposed, in a letter addressed to the late grand juries of the city of London and county of Middlesex 67
5 The diary of Thomas Lloyd kept in Newgate prison 81
6 Oppression!!! : the appeal of Captain Perry to the people of England ... to which is added a development of some of the mysteries of the spy trade ... 117
7 The case of William Hodgson, now confined in Newgate, for the payment of two hundred pounds, after having suffered two years; imprisonment on a charge of sedition, considered and compared with the existing laws of the country 129
8 Proposals for publishing by subscription, a treatise called the female citizen, or a historical political and philosophical enquiry into the rights of women, as members of society 139
9 Extortions and abuses of Newgate; exhibited in a memorial and explanation, presented to the Lord Mayor 145
10 Wat Tyler; a dramatic poem 167
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