The Liberal

(1340 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

The Liberal: Verse and Prose from the South (1822-23) caused a sensation among literary circles in Britain, although this probably had more to do with the scandalous reputations of its projectors than with its content. Founded by Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, and based in Pisa, Italy, the periodical contained some important literary work but lasted for only four issues, by which time the relationship between Hunt and Byron had completely broken down. Other contributors included Charles Armitage Brown, William Hazlitt, Thomas Jefferson Hogg, Mary Shelley, and Horace Smith. It was originally conceived as a counterweight to the cultural influence of the Tory press (particularly the powerful Quarterly Review<…

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Higgins, David. "The Liberal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2007
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