Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 52,143 / 161 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46.4
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 318
Added to site: 2009.09.14
mnybks.net#: 25271
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, Biography
Excerpt

To rouse Burke's genius to its noblest utterance, there must needs be a suffering which he could personify and dramatise. He saw nothing of the dull peasant misery which in truth explained the Revolution. He ignored those catalogues of injustice and wrong that composed the mandates (the cahiers) which the Deputies carried with them to the National Assembly. He forgot the famines, the exactions, the oppressive privileges which made revolt, and saw only the pathos of the Queen's helplessness before it. In Paine's immortal epigram, he "pitied the plumage and forgot the dying bird." But it is paradoxically true that while he pursued the friends of humanity, his real impulse was the hatred of cruelty which modern men call humanitarian. To that hatred he was always true. No abstract principle, but always this dominating passion, covers his inconsistencies, and bridges the gulf between his earlier Whiggery and his later Toryism. In the French Revolution he saw only cruelty, and he opposed it as he had oppos

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by Henry Noel Brailsford - Free eBook

Nano Contestant

Episode 1: Whatever It Takes
Leif Sterling

Fans of the Hunger Games and Sci-Fi Thrillers will... Read more

Cover image for Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by Henry Noel Brailsford - Free eBook

Prophecy's Queen

An Epic Fantasy: Prequel to The Triadine Saga
Timothy Bond

"Readers compare him to David Eddings and Brandon... Read more

Cover image for Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by Henry Noel Brailsford - Free eBook

The Eden Plague

Plague Wars Series Book 0
David VanDyke

Spend time inside a good book today! A Kindle Book... Read more

Cover image for Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by Henry Noel Brailsford - Free eBook

The Piano Girl

Part One of the Counterfeit Princess Series
Sherri Schoenborn Murray

She plays from memory. Her memories.

T... Read more

Cover image for Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by Henry Noel Brailsford - Free eBook

Hollywood Assassin

A Hollywood Alphabet Series Thriller
M.Z. Kelly

HOLLYWOOD ASSASSIN: A Hollywood Alphabet Series... Read more

Cover image for Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by Henry Noel Brailsford - Free eBook

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter

Nikki Jefford

If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing help us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
Forty-Six Years in the Army
by John M. Schofield
Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
by Jens Christian Aaberg
An Island Story
by H.E. Marshall
...After a Few Words...
by Gordon Randall Garrett
Charles Lyell and Modern Geology
by Thomas George Bonney
''Abe'' Lincoln's Yarns and Stories
by Alexander K. McClure
The Age of Invention
by Holland Thompson

See more popular titles from this genre.