The Portable Edmund Burke Paperback – Jul 1 1999
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About the Author
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. A lifelong member of Parliament, Burke was the author of A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful, A Vindication of Natural Society, and Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Isaac Kramnick was born in 1938 and educated at Harvard University, where he received a B.A. degree in 1959 and a Ph.D. in 1965, and at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He has taught at Harvard, Brandeis, Yale and Cornell, where he is now Professor of Government. He is married to Miriam Brody Kramnick and lives in Ithaca, New York. Among his publications are Bolingbroke and His Circle, The Rage of Edmund Burke and numerous articles on eighteenth century topics. He has edited William Godwin’s Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, The Federalist Papers by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay and, with Michael Foot, The Thomas Paine Reader for the Penguin Classics. Most recently he is the author, with Barry Sheerman, MP, of Laski: A Lift on the Left.
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WE LAID IT DOWN as a Certainty in our First Paper, that Taste and Virtue had a close Connection; in Consequence to which, before we attempted to reform the Morals of the People, we began with their Taste; and the Encouragement we have met with makes up hope, that our Industry may at last prove effectual to the Amendment of both: Several perhaps might have been alarmed, and attribute that to particular Prejudice, which was meant for the public Emolument: The Ladies might have feared this Paper was design'd to destroy their Pleasures, when its Aim was but to refine, and render them worthy their Attention. Read the first page
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If you want a wide picture of Burke's writing, this text is probably for you. If you want to read any of his important texts, then choose something else.
Comparing my copy of "Reflections.." to this chopped version I found that Kramnick had dropped passages that were highly insightful.
When I discovered this, I could no longer be confident that the other works were not similarly mangled. I will now search for an anthology of works that is more respectful of the originals (or at least one where the editor is more open about his approach).
(That said, one also suspects that Penguin wants to keep selling its edition of the full "Reflections" ....)
Whatever its faults, there's really no alternative to this volume for the common reader.
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