• Preface to Southey’s Wat Tyler (1817)

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    In 1817 Hone–like many other radical printers–published a pirated edition of Robert Southey’s early radical drama, Wat Tyler. The aim of Hone’s edition was chiefly to embarrass the now-conservative Poet Laureate by bringing to light some of Southey’s earlier anti-monarchist writing, but Hone’s Preface also offers a good example of his developing technique as a political satirist and parodist. I have just published an electronic edition of this Preface in the Etext section of the Hone BioText. A direct link to the Preface can be found here. I would, as always, be delighted to hear comments, corrections, and queries.

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