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Riassunto: Begun in 1811, the British Review viewed itself as fulfilling the roles neglected by the Edinburgh Review and the Quarterly Review. Although ultimate religious and moral ideals were in mind, the greater purpose was to survey new publications in a variety of disciplines. And this it did in its 530 articles on the principal interests of belles lettres, theology, politics, accounts of travel, and biography.
In attempting to infuse literary criticism with an austere evangelism the periodical caused its own demise. As its sympathetic sister journal, the Christian Observer, noted in 1829, its failure 'proved either that the religious world were too little literary, or the literary world too little religious to tolerate the union of their respective topics'.
However, the largest interest now for scholars is to read this journal's reviews of poetry and fiction which was often eyed with suspicion. Wordsworth was approved of for his 'meditative disposition, innocent tastes, calm affections, [and] reverential feelings'. Also included in the list of inoffensive were Joanna Baillie, William Cowper, Henry Milman and Hannah More. The rogues gallery included Rousseau, Voltaire, Hazlitt, Thomas Moore, and most notably Lord Byron, whose rise to fame in his final decade was almost exactly contemporaneous with the fourteen-year span of the British Review, which devoted more than 225 pages in criticism of his works. The unsigned reviews are believed to have all been by the long-serving editor of the journal, William Roberts, who wrote perhaps fifteen reviews of Byron's works between 1812 and 1822. The moral qualities of Byron's Romantic heroes were completely against the taste of the journal and in its last few years the reviews turned more and more towards religious reviewing, and in November 1825 it concluded publication without explanation.
--Important source-book of numerous Romantics reviews
--Rare as a complete run
--Unique evangelical-literary viewpoint amongst Victorian periodicals
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Descrizione libro Thoemmes Press, 1999. Hardback. Condizione libro: NEAR FINE. 9781855065895 21 volumes, cloth, like-new set, facsimile reprint of 1811-25 eds., please note this set lacks vols. 1 & 9. Codice libro della libreria HTANDREE021351