Sedition, Chartism, and Epic Poetry in Thomas Cooper's The Purgatory of Suicides

@article{Kuduk2001SeditionCA,
  title={Sedition, Chartism, and Epic Poetry in Thomas Cooper's The Purgatory of Suicides},
  author={Stephanie Kuduk},
  journal={Victorian Poetry},
  year={2001},
  volume={39},
  pages={165 - 186}
}
WHEN THE PURGATORY OF SUICIDES: A PRISON-RHYME IN TEN BOOKS appeared in 1845, its title page announced that its author was "Thomas Cooper, The Chartist." [1] Written from prison, The Purgatory of Suicides begins by translating into verse a speech for which Cooper was convicted of seditious conspiracy and sentenced to Stafford Gaol for two and a half years. The speech, delivered in the turbulent August of 1842, counseled workers in north Staffordshire to "cease [all labour] until the People's… 
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