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William Gilbert and Esoteric RomanticismA Contextual Study and Annotated Edition of 'The Hurricane'$
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Paul Cheshire

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941206

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941206.001.0001

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The Hurricane: A Theosophical and Western Eclogue to Which is Subjoined a Solitary Effusion in a Summer’s Evening

The Hurricane: A Theosophical and Western Eclogue to Which is Subjoined a Solitary Effusion in a Summer’s Evening

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(p.103) The Hurricane: A Theosophical and Western Eclogue to Which is Subjoined a Solitary Effusion in a Summer’s Evening
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William Gilbert and Esoteric Romanticism
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William Gilbert

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941206.003.0012

This chapter presents a newly edited text of the full 1796 publication. Gilbert’s discursive notes occupy the greatest proportion of the volume. In view of its long-standing reputation for incomprehensibility, the editorial commentary is thorough: explaining obscure passages, cross-referencing key ideas to the supporting chapters, and identifying sources from Gilbert’s wide range of reading. The text of ‘Solitary Effusion in a Summer’s Evening’, also included here, imagines the original Druidic inhabitants of Britain defeated by the invading Romans, remaining as spiritual presences in the landscape – in harmony with nature – in much the same way that the native Americans of The Hurricane survive as spirits, following their physical destruction at the hands of the invading Europeans.

Keywords:   The Hurricane, Solitary Effusion, William Gilbert

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