Winstanley the Digger: A Literary Analysis of Radical Ideas in the English Revolution T. Wilson Hayes

ISBN: 9780674953680

Published: June 1979

Hardcover

258 pages


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Winstanley the Digger: A Literary Analysis of Radical Ideas in the English Revolution  by  T. Wilson Hayes

Winstanley the Digger: A Literary Analysis of Radical Ideas in the English Revolution by T. Wilson Hayes
June 1979 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 258 pages | ISBN: 9780674953680 | 7.18 Mb

Gerrard Winstanley, a True Leveller, is known as the founder of the Digger colony in Surrey in 1649, a radical attempt to till land in common and thus assert the rights of the rural poor against the lords of the manors. A prodigious pamphleteer andMoreGerrard Winstanley, a True Leveller, is known as the founder of the Digger colony in Surrey in 1649, a radical attempt to till land in common and thus assert the rights of the rural poor against the lords of the manors. A prodigious pamphleteer and preacher to the left of Cromwell, Winstanley is the quintessential English Christian communist.This book bridges the gap previous writers have seen between the ecstatic millenarian of the early pamphlets and the later communist theoretician.

Moreover, it explores the connection between literature and politics by examining Winstanleys dialectical use of alchemical symbolism, a use that forcefully embodies the development of his ideas.Hayes explains how Winstanley grounds his view of natural and historical change in scriptural interpretation and bases his plan for civil society on the ideal of the utopian family.

This first full-scale study of Winstanley shows that he defies categorization as mystic or materialist and is best seen as an immensely talented poet-prophet in the tradition of Langland and Blake.



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