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William Cobbett by G. K. Chesterton
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William Cobbett (1925)

by G. K. Chesterton

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William Cobbett is an excellent short biography of the great English farmer-journalist written by one of the mightiest wordsmiths of the early 20th century. Cobbett was a man before his time and also one deeply interested in his country's past and the lives of its common people. His reformist writings inflamed hearts and minds across the country and got him numerous court dates and prison sentences, as well as two periods of exile in America. He believed in reforming the system to bring the power to the people and clearly saw the industrial progressivism that would soon personify the Victorian Age as a threat. In short, he was a man after Chesterton's own heart, and you can feel the author's affection for his subject on every page. A kind of proto-populist, Cobbett is a man whom more people should know. And this book is a pretty good place to start that acquaintanceship. ( )
  inge87 | Jan 30, 2017 |
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This chapter is here called "The Revival of Cobbett."
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Scott was merely sentimental about Mary Stuart, as he was about Charles Edward Stuart; he was singing "Will ye no' come back again?" to people who would have been a horrible nuisance to him if they had come back again. But Cobbett was not sentimental about Mary Tudor; he did solidly believe that with her the good times went; and he did really want them to return (p.80).
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0755100336, Paperback)

From Cobbett's boyhood in the south of England, to expatriation in France, his residence in the United States and subsequent return to England, Chesterton masterfully illuminates the life, times and philosophy of this complex and important figure.

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Examining the life of a prominent political journalist, this definitive biography explores the impact of William Cobbett's career and legacy on English society. Showing how Cobbett was more than just a journalist, this study reveals often ignored aspects of Cobbett's life and personal philosophy, especially his actions to restore the life and culture of English rural life. The better known aspects of his long career-including his time in the British Army, his advocacy for Parliamentary reform, his imprisonment for treason, and his eventual Parliamentary seat after the passing of the 1832 Reform Act-are also documented. In total, this compelling and succinct account discusses the many achievements, consistent bravery, and humble demeanor of a passionate and principled historical figure.… (more)

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