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1st Edition

Sir Thomas More V1

ISBN 9781315103464
Published February 6, 2018 by Routledge
588 Pages

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Book Description

In 1829 Robert Southey published a book of his imaginary conversations with the original Utopian: Sir Thomas More; or Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society. The product of almost two decades of social and political engagement, Colloquies is Southey’s most important late prose work, and a key text of late 'Lake School' Romanticism. It is Southey’s own Espriella’s Letters (1807) reimagined as a dialogue of tory and radical selves; Coleridge’s Church and State (1830) cast in historical dramatic form. Over a series of wide-ranging conversations between the Ghost of More and his own Spanish alter-ego, ‘Montesinos’, Southey develops a richly detailed panorama of British history since the 1530s - from the Reformation to Catholic Emancipation. Exploring issues of religious toleration, urban poverty, and constitutional reform, and mixing the genres of dialogue, commonplace book, and picturesque guide, the Colloquies became a source of challenge and inspiration for important Victorian writers including Macaulay, Ruskin, Pugin, and Carlyle.

Table of Contents


-Origins, Composition, Plates (collaboration with Westall), Sales, Reception, Second Edition, Projected 'New Colloquies' (1831-2) with John Rickman

-Contexts, Guidebooks and Views, Catholic Emancipation and Reform, Southey's Romantic Historicism, Victorian Legacies

-Bibliographical features and apparatus, Extant Manuscripts

Reading Text

Facsimiles of Frontispiece and Title Page, Epigraphs, 'Dedication' and Preface

Colloquy I - Introduction

Colloquy II - The Improvement of the World

Colloquy III - The Druidical Stones - Visitations of Pestilence

Colloquy IV - Feudal Slavery - Growth of Pauperism

Colloquy V - Decay of the Feudal System - Edward VI - Alfred

Colloquy VI - Walla Crag - Owen of Lanark

Colloquy VII - The Manufacturing System

Colloquy VIII - Steam - War - Prospects of Europe

Colloquy IX - Derwentwater - Catholic Emancipation - Ireland

Colloquy X - Crosthwaite Church - St Kentigern - Part II - The Reformation - Dissenters - Methodists

Colloquy XI - Infidelity - Church Establishment

Colloquy XII - Blencathra - Threlkeld Tarn - The Cliffords - Part II - Privileged Orders ・ The American Governments

Colloquy XIII - The River Greta - Trade - Population - Colonies

Colloquy XIV - The Library

Colloquy XV - The Conclusion


Notes and Illustrations

Editorial Notes

Editorial Appendices

-Appendix A ・ Reviews in Edinburgh Review; Monthly Review; Fraser's Magazine; selective critical heritage 1829


-Appendix B - Selective manuscript transcriptions and selective facsimiles (inc. Westall plates for 1829 and 1831/2 'lost' 2nd series)

-Appendix C - List of Southey's Sources

-Appendix D - Index to Topics  

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