One wonders what else can be added to a rich part of the Regency story that is already well developed. However, Robert Morrison manages to make an entertaining book full of anecdotes and scenarios of the rich and famous, the poor and the exploited. Most of his main sources are literary sources: Byron, Shelley, Carlyle, Coleridge, Cobbett, Scott and Wordsworth are duly considered, but so are his wives, including Jane Austen, Fanny Burney, Mary Shelley and Maria Edgeworth. He also deepens lesser known mortals like Pierce Egan, who remembers life in London, with highlights of excessive gambling, the use of flash language, mere boxing and general libertinism.
Morrison's reading range is impressive, covering crime and punishment, theater, sex, war and empire, as well as the changing la...
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