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Comprised of pieces spanning five centuries, "Crusoe's Secret" explores the culture of English dissent, whether through canonical works - "Paradise Lost", "Robinson Crusoe", "Clarissa" - or moving between epic and novel, lyric, tract and drama. Tom Paulin engages with the great dissenting voices from Bunyan to D. H. Lawrence, and he casts new light on others - such as Clare or Kipling or Hopkins - whose work was touched by dissent. "Crusoe's Secret" confirms Tom Paulin's status as an exemplary reader, who brilliantly marries historical context and critical readings.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571221165
ISBN-10: 0571221165
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 27mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 7-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tom Paulin

Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 but grew up in Belfast, and was educated at the universities of Hull and Oxford. He has published eight collections of poetry as well as a Selected Poems 1972-1990, two major anthologies, two versions of Greek drama, and several critical works, including The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt's Radical Style and, most recently, Crusoe's Secret: The Aesthetics of Dissent. His most recent collection of poems is The Road to Inver (2004). Well known for his appearances on the BBC's Newsnight Review, he is also the G. M. Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford.

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