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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Thompson, E.P.
Edward Palmer Thompson (b. February 3, 1924 -
d. August 28, 1993), was an English historian, poet and writer.
He is probably best known today for his historical work on the British radical movements
and culture in the late-18th and early-19th centuries,
in particular his book The Making of the English Working Class (1963).
He also published influential biographies of William Morris (1955)
and (posthumously) William Blake (1993), and was a prolific journalist and essayist as
well as publishing one novel and a collection of poetry.
Thompson was born in Oxford, to Methodist missionary parents. He was schooled at Kingswood School, Bath.
During the Second World War he served in a tank corps. in Italy, and then went up to Corpus
Christi College, Cambridge.
Thompson married Dorothy Towers, a fellow historian, in 1948.
Thompson's most influential work was and remains The Making of the English Working Class,
published in 1963 while he was working at Leeds University. It told the
forgotten history of the utopian working-class struggles in the late-18th
and early-19th centuries, as well as outlining the workings of the English underground
in popular culture.
In 1978 he published The Poverty of Theory, which attacked the then fashionable
structuralist Marxism of Louis Althusser and its followers in Britain on
New Left Review.
During the late 1970s he acquired a large public audience as a critic of the then
Labour government's disregard of civil liberties – his writings from this
time are collected in Writing By Candlelight (1980). From 1980,
Thompson was the most prominent intellectual of the revived movement for nuclear
disarmament, revered by activists throughout the world.
The last book Thompson finished was Witness Against the Beast: William Blake
and the Moral Law (1993). The product of years of research and published
shortly after his death, it shows convincingly how far Blake was inspired
by dissident religious ideas rooted in the thinking of the most radical
opponents of the monarchy during the English civil war.
Also issued posthumously was The Romantics: England in a Revolutionary Age (1997).
His The Collected Poems were published in 1999. Hs novel
The Sykaos Papers (1988) is a satirical science-fiction story in which an
alien visits earth.
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