Alan Ryan, 9 November 1989
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University Press of New England, 115 pp., £10, April 1989, 0 87451 452 5Show More
The Impact of the French Revolution on European Consciousness edited by H.T. Mason and William Doyle.
Sutton, 205 pp., £17.95, June 1989, 0 86299 483 7Show More
The French Revolution and the Enlightenment in England 1789-1832 by Seamus Deane.
Harvard, 212 pp., £19.95, November 1988, 0 674 32240 1Show More
“... Whatever else the French Revolution was it was certainly a literary event. Indeed, it was a literary event in a good many different, though related ways. As Robert Darnton has emphasised, it was a literary event in that it unlocked the printing presses and called forth a torrent of newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets and essays. Where France possessed no uncensored newspapers before 1789, almost two hundred journals of news and opinion appeared in that year and more than three hundred the next ...”