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Coleridge as Editor: The <i>Watchman</i> and the <i>Friend</i>

Michael John Kooy

in The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644179
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199644179.013.0009

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge as Editor: The Watchman and the Friend

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This article examines the career of Samuel Taylor Coleridge as editor of The Watchman and The Friend. It suggests that although these journals were produced in very different political circumstances by a man whose own political views had also changed profoundly, they both arose out of, and sought to address, the feeling of disenchantment with politics by appealing to fixed principles. These journals injected high moral purpose, historical perspective, and philosophical reflection into political debate in order to give strength to those whose millenarian hopes had not been realized.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; editor; The Watchman; The Friend; politics; moral purpose

Article.  9442 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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