The Collected Writings of Edward Rushton
Edward Rushton and edited by Paul Baines
Edward Rushton (1756–1814) was a poet, writer, bookseller and abolitionist. After losing his own vision, he opened a school for the blind, the oldest continuous such school in the world.
Paul Baines is Professor of English at the University of Liverpool and co-editor of The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing.
Acknowledgements Introduction Abbreviations and Short Titles POEMS An Irregular Ode (1781) To the People of England (1782) The Dismember’d Empire (1782) West-Indian Eclogues (1787) The Neglected Tars of Britain (1787) Neglected Genius (1787) Poor Ben (1790) A Song Sung at the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the French Revolution, at Liverpool, July 14, 1791 (1791) The Fire of Liberty (1792) Seamen’s Nursery (1794) Stanzas on the Anniversary of the American Revolution (1794) The Tender’s Hold (1794) Blue Eyed Mary (1796) Elegy [To the Memory of Robert Burns] (c.1796) Sonnet [The Swallow] (c.1796) The Remedy [The Leviathan] (1797) Song [Mary le More] (1798) Written for the anniversary of the Liverpool Marine Society (1799) Song. From Hymns, &c. for the Blind (c. 1799) Lucy’s Ghost. A Marine Ballad (1800) Sonnet by a Poor Man. On the approach of the Gout (1801) Will Clewline (1801) Ode. Sung at St. John’s Chapel, Lancaster, on Tuesday last, being the Anniversary of the Lancaster Marine Society (1801) Ode. To France (1802) The Maniac (1804) Stanzas on Blindness (1805) To a Redbreast (1806) Solicitude (1806) Toussaint to his Troops (1806) On the Death of Hugh Mulligan (1806) To a Bald-Headed Poetical Friend (1806) The Ardent Lover (1806) The Lass of Liverpool (1806) Woman (1806) Mary’s Death (1806) The Halcyon (1806) The Shrike (1806) Briton, and Negro Slave (1806) Absence (1806) On the Death of a Much-Loved Relative (1806) Entreaty (1806) A Caution (1806) The Throstle (1806) The Complaint (1806) The Pier (1806) Mary (1806) The Origin of Turtle and Punch (1806) Parody (1806) The Farewell (1806) The Return (1806) To the Gout (1806) On the Death of Miss E. Fletcher (1806) The Chase (1806) The Winter’s Passage (1806) Stanzas on the Recovery of Sight (1809) Lines to the Memory of William Cowdroy (1814) The Fire of English Liberty (1824) Lines Addressed to Robt. Southey, Esq. (1817) The Exile’s Lament (1824) An Epitaph on John Taylor (1824) To the Memory of Bartholomew Tilski (1824) Jemmy Armstrong (1824) Superstition (1824) PROSE Expostulatory Letter to George Washington (1797) [Letter to Thomas Paine] (written c. 1800, published 1809) [Monthly Retrospect of Politics] (1810) Extracts from Letters (written 1805-1813, published 1814) A Few Plain Facts relative to the Origin of the Liverpool Institute for the Blind (written 1804, published 1817) An Attempt to prove that Climate, Food, and Manners, are not the Causes of the Dissimilarity of Colour (unknown date, published 1824) [Letter to Samuel Ryley, 12 August 1814] (written 1814, published 1903) [Mr Rushtons Remarks on the Slavery] (unknown date, previously unpublished) [Letter to Thomas Walker, 30 January 1806] (written 1806, previously unpublished) COMMENTARY Abbreviations and Short Titles Glossary Poems Prose Appendix One: poems possibly by Rushton Appendix Two: poems written to and about Rushton
[Baines] brings more attention to this fascinating writer.
Jeffrey N. Cox, Studies in English Literature
[This is] the first modern volume of [Rushton's] collected works (painstakingly edited by Paul Baines)... As Baines pointed out at the 2014 conference marking both the bicentenary of Rushton’s death and the publication of these books, the attempt to collect, collate and rationalise the fugitive poetry of a figure whose work was often ephemeral, unattributed or reproduced without permission on either side of the Atlantic was a formidable one. The scale of this undertaking is evidenced by the 102 pages of commentary that accompany the works themselves.
Ryan Hanley The BARS Review, No. 48
Matthew Ward & Paul Whickman Year's Work in English Studies
The Collected Writings of Edward Rushton (1756–1814), edited by Paul Baines and Franca Dellarosa’s Talking Revolution: Edward Rushton’s Rebellious Poetics 1782–1814 (a first-rate critical biography) taken together, are two volumes that enable Rushton’s work to join a large and sometimes quite riveting body of material at the intersection of working-class poetry and the literary history of abolitionism.
Jenny Davidson SEL Review
Important and long-due, this book will have a significant impact in restoring critical attention to a sadly neglected Romantic-era poetic voice.
Università degli Studi di Bari ‘Aldo Moro’
A very welcome book and one which does justice to Edward Rushton’s remarkable and unique literary achievement.
University of Leeds
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: October 31, 2014
Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 65