Excerpt from The Literary Gazette, and Journal of Belles Lettres, Arts, Sciences, Etc., For the Year 1818: Comprising Original Essays on Polite Literature, the Arts and Sciences, a Review of New Publications; Poetry; Criticisms on the Fine Arts, the Drama, &C On these grounds the happiness of exultation is assigned to the victor. Were we seriously to say what we think of this production, it would be What is scarcely tolerable to pronounce, and impossible to endure. If meant for ridicule it is infamous, and we should without ceremony apply to it those epithets which a distinguished statesman has applied to another anonymous scribble. For we hum bly conceive that occasion justifies strong language; and that when you really address a scoundrel, liar, coward, and assassin, there are no words but these four which can express what is meant, and therefore that these words are not only not vulgar, but the only words that can be used to convey your meaning. However, it is very well for rascals, who do not like to be called by their names, to protest against the im politeness of employing strong phrases. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
An argument that the gas industry was the first integrated large-scale technological network and that it signaled a new wave of industrial innovation. In Progressive Enlightenment, Leslie Tomory examines the origins of the gaslight industry, from invention to consolidation as a large integrated urban network. Tomory argues that gas was the first integrated large-scale technological network, a designation usually given to the railways. He shows how the first gas network was constructed and stabilized through the introduction of new management structures, the use of technical controls, and the application of means to constrain the behavior of the users of gas lighting. Tomory begins by describing the contributions of pneumatic chemistry and industrial distillation to the development of gas lighting, then explores the bifurcation between the Continental and British traditions in distillation technology. He examines the establishment and consolidation of the new industry by the Birmingham firm Boulton & Watt, and describes the deployment of the network strategy by the entrepreneur Frederick Winsor. Tomory argues that the gas industry represented a new wave of technological innovation in industry because of its dependence on formal scientific research, its need for large amounts of capital, and its reliance on business organization beyond small firms and partnerships—all of which signaled a departure from the artisanal nature and limited deployment of inventions earlier in the Industrial Revolution. Gas lighting was the first important realization of the Enlightenment dream of science in the service of industry.
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), once an immensely popular writer, is now largely forgotten. This book explores how works like Waverley, Ivanhoe, and Rob Roy percolated into all aspects of cultural and social life in the nineteenth century, and how his work continues to resonate into the present day even if Scott is no longer widely read.