Two Cultures

Richard Cronin

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Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582532
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722929 | DOI:
Two Cultures

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The book concludes by examining the relationship between the kind of writing that the work has explored, the kind that De Quincey calls ‘writing for the current press’, and that other kind of writing, best exemplified by Wordsworth's poems, which has been more commonly associated with the Romantic period. It is, like the relationship between duellists, an antagonistic but an ambiguously antagonistic relationship, for duellists come together in a murderous encounter through which each ratifies the social standing of the other. The book concludes that the two kinds of writing are similarly mutually supporting, and that the canonical status since accorded to those writers now identified as ‘Romantics’ owed more than has been allowed to the fury with which their work was attacked.

Keywords: Thomas Moore; Jeffrey; Wordsworth; Coleridge; De Quincey; John Wilson; Hazlitt; reviewers; magazines

Chapter.  8648 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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