William Gilbert and Esoteric Romanticism
A Contextual Study and Annotated Edition of 'The Hurricane'
Paul Cheshire and William Gilbert
Paul Cheshire has written a number of articles on Coleridge and his contemporaries, including a chapter on Coleridge’s notebooks for the 'Oxford Handbook of S. T. Coleridge'. He has also written on the influence of seventeenth century hermetic philosophy on Milton. His initial study of 'The Hurricane', ‘The Hermetic Geography of William Gilbert’, appeared in Romanticism in 2003.
1. A Magus of the 1790s: William Gilbert in Bristol and London
2. Bristol and the First Romantics
3. ‘With no unholy madness’: Gilbert and Coleridge
4. ‘My astrological friend’: Gilbert and Southey
5. The Calenture: Gilbert and Wordsworth
The Hurricane a Theosophical and Western Eclogue. To which is subjoined, A Solitary Effusion in a Summer’s Evening.
7. Decoding the Allegory of the ‘Theosophical and Western Eclogue’
8. Son of a Saintly Slave Owner
9. Esoteric Romanticism
'William Gilbert was a leading member of the utopian, apocalyptic and artistic movement of the 1790s, a remarkable period in British – and European – history. He was a major influence on the Romantic poets, and his presence is felt in Coleridge’s masterpiece, ‘Kubla Khan’. Paul Cheshire’s remarkable biography brings this forgotten genius to life, restoring him to his proper place in our artistic and radical history.'
Nicholas Campion, Associate Professor in Cosmology and Culture, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Lindsay Clarke, Whitbread Prize-winning author of The Chymical Wedding and The Water Theatre.
Of The Hurricane:
'A strange poem with still stranger notes.'
'Paul Cheshire is unquestionably the world authority on William Gilbert and The Hurricane. Based on extensive original research, this ground-breaking study will return Gilbert to the forefront of critical attention, locating him in relation to more famous contemporaries and setting-out for the first time his esoteric brand of Romanticism and its many affinities with more familiar Romantic authors and texts, ideas and concepts. Presenting its key text—The Hurricane—in full at its centre, the book fills a conspicuous gap in current understandings and opens numerous new avenues for further research.'
Nicholas Roe, Wardlaw Professor of English Literature, University of St Andrews
7 B&W illustrations
Publication: June 14, 2018
Series: Romantic Reconfigurations: Studies in Literature and Culture 1780-1850 3