Crusoe's Secret

Tom Paulin
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'Paulin is a liberating critic, who can solve in a throw-away line the kind of problem students and bewildered young poets carry about with them . . . He is an urgent and passionate champion of the English dissenting tradition, which tradition was never more necessary, never more suppressed.' Kathleen Jamie, Independent on Sunday

Tom Paulin is one of our leading and most controversial literary critics. In this brilliant series of linked essays he explores the tradition of dissent in English literature, from Elizabethan times to the present. Among the writers that fall under his luminous gaze are Shakespeare, Milton, Marvell, Defoe, Yeats, Blake, Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti, Lawrence, Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney and Edward Said.

  • About Tom Paulin

    Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 but grew up in Belfast, and was educated at the universities of Hull and Oxford. He has published nine collections of poetry as well as a Selected Poems 1972-1990, two major anthologies, two versions of Greek drama, and several critical works, including The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt's Radical Style and, most recently, Crusoe's Secret: The Aesthetics of Dissent. His most recent collection of poems is Love's Bonfire (2012). Well known for his appearances on the BBC's Newsnight Review, he is also the G. M. Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford.

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