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Michael Faraday's Mental Exercises: An Artisan Essay-Circle in Regency London

Alice Jenkins

Abstract

In 1818 Michael Faraday and a handful of other London artisans formed a self-help group with the aim of teaching themselves to write like gentlemen. For a year and a half Faraday's essay-circle met regularly to read aloud and criticize one another's writings. The ‘Mental Exercises’ they produced are a record of the life, literary tastes, and social and political ideas of Dissenting artisans in Regency London. This book publishes the essays and poems produced by Faraday's circle. The complete corpus of the essay-circle's writings is accompanied by detailed annotations, extracts from key sources ... More

Keywords: London artisans, self-help group, literary taste, social ideas, political ideas, Dissenting artisans, Regency London, poems, annotations, key sources

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781846311406
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846313554

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Alice Jenkins, editor

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