Literature of the English Revolution Pamphlets Of The English Revolution - Essay

Pamphlets Of The English Revolution

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

William Haller (essay date 1934)

SOURCE: Introduction to Tracts on Liberty in the Puritan Revolution 1638-1647, edited by William Haller, Octagon Books, Inc., 1965, pp. 1-8.

[In the following essay, Haller surveys the sources "from which the Puritan doctrine of liberty sprang." He also argues that in revolutionary pamphlets the doctrine of liberty was developed alongside modern English prose.]

The pamphlets of the Puritan Revolution have seemed to later generations like relics of a universe

and yet those "embryon atoms" there engaged in elemental strife were the seeds of the modern world. Controversy in that great...

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