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Writing the Stage Coach NationLocality on the Move in Nineteenth-Century British Literature$
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Ruth Livesey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769439.001.0001

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Radicalism on the Cross-roads

Radicalism on the Cross-roads

William Hazlitt and William Cobbett

(p.56) 2 Radicalism on the Cross-roads
Writing the Stage Coach Nation

Ruth Livesey

Oxford University Press

Despite loathing Scott’s Tory politics, the radical journalist William Hazlitt treasured his novels for delivering, as Hazlitt saw it, the very air of Scottish localities down the road in London thanks to the movement of print. For self-declared Cockney, Hazlitt, the second chapter suggests, the mail and stage coach promised a vision of ever closer touch between distant peoples across the nation and the world: a radical Romantic print culture mobilizing the marginal and peripheral to the centres of power. But for his fellow radical journalist, William Cobbett, the system of mail coach and turnpike roads was a symbol of a corrupt monarchy, Post Office spies, and government encroachment on the free movement of rural labour. The contrast between the two writers in the context of early-nineteenth-century radicalism makes clear how the stage and mail coach system was identified with an emergent British identity following the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

Keywords:   Hazlitt, Cobbett, Radicalism, Cockney, Mobility, Rural Rides, Post Office, Mail Coach, radical print culture

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