George Lippard, Prophet of Protest: Writings of an American Radical, 1822–1854
New York: Peter Lang, 1986.
Edited with introduction by David S. Reynolds
A comprehensive anthology of Lippard’s writings–valuable documents of America’s literary history, radical thought, and popular culture.
“Reynolds’s very imaginative and enjoyable collection omits no facet of Lippard’s quintessentially American personality.”
—Kenneth R. Silverman, New York University
About the Book
Lippard’s writings are valuable documents of America’s literary history, radical thought, and popular culture. This volume, with a historical introduction and notes by David S. Reynolds, offers a rich sampling of Lippard’s works, many of them here reprinted for the first time since their original publication in the nineteenth century. Included are several hitherto unpublished pieces on Edgar Allan Poe; Lippard’s most important working-class writings, many of which are similar in spirit to those of his German contemporary Karl Marx; trenchant commentary on a wide variety of nineteenth-century literary and social currents; Lippard’s most influential historical writings, including the famous Liberty Bell legend; and fictional passages in which Lippard experiments with the nightmarish, the grotesque, and the erotic.
Critical Praise for George Lippard, Prophet of Protest:
“David S. Reynolds’s very imaginative and enjoyable collection omits no facet of Lippard’s quintessentially American personality.”
–Kenneth R. Silverman, New York University
“”This sensational anthology will introduce most readers to a virtually forgotten radical journalist, ‘porno-gothic’ novelist and friend and defender of Poe. It is at once a bizarre expression of antebellum popular literature and one of the most eccentric documents in the annals of American reform.”
–Daniel Aaron, New York University