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The Laughter of Triumph

The Laughter of Triumph: William Hone and the Fight for the Free Press, by Ben Wilson, examines the forgotten hero of the British press, and the story of his struggle for free expression against repressive law.

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571224715
Date Published
20.04.2006
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Summary

Satirist William Hone is the forgotten hero of the British press. In 1817 he was forced to defend himself against a censorious government, in what amounted to a show trial pitting a self-educated Fleet Street journalist against the Lord Chief Justice and a hand-picked jury. Hone’s crime was to ridicule the powers that be. Through Hone’s life, Ben Wilson looks at the history of the struggle for free expression against repressive law.