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Why read Wordsworth’s poetry―indeed, why read poetry at all? Beyond any pleasure it might give, can it make one a better or more flourishing person? These questions were never far from William Wordsworth’s thoughts. He responded in rich and varied ways, in verse and in prose, in both well-known and more obscure writings. Wordsworth's Ethics is a comprehensive examination of the Romantic poet’s work, delving into his desire to understand the source and scope of our ethical obligations. Adam Potkay finds that Wordsworth consistently rejects the kind of impersonal utilitarianism that was espoused by his contemporaries James Mill and Jeremy Bentham in favor of a view of ethics founded in relationships with particular persons and things. The discussion proceeds chronologically through Wordsworth’s career as a writer―from his juvenilia through his poems of the 1830s and '40s―providing a valuable introduction to the poet’s work. The book will appeal to readers interested in the vital connection between literature and moral philosophy.

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9781421407081 | Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, September 17, 2012, cover price $55.00 | About this edition: Why read Wordsworth’s poetry―indeed, why read poetry at all?

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9781421417028 | Reprint edition (Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, February 17, 2015), cover price $29.95

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Product Description: Joy is an experience of reunion or fulfilment, of desire at least temporarily laid to rest, of a good thing that comes to pass or seems sure to happen soon. In this wide-ranging and highly original book Adam Potkay explores the concept of joy, distinguishing it from related concepts such as happiness and ecstasy...read more

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9780521879118 | 1 edition (Cambridge Univ Pr, December 31, 2007), cover price $99.99 | About this edition: Joy is an experience of reunion or fulfilment, of desire at least temporarily laid to rest, of a good thing that comes to pass or seems sure to happen soon.

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Product Description: Although widely perceived as inhabiting different, even opposed, literary worlds, Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) and David Hume (1711-1776) shared common ground as moralists. Adam Potkay traces their central concerns to Hellenistic philosophy, as conveyed by Cicero, and to earlier moderns such as Addison and Mandeville...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780801437274 | Cornell Univ Pr, April 1, 2000, cover price $55.00 | About this edition: Although widely perceived as inhabiting different, even opposed, literary worlds, Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) and David Hume (1711-1776) shared common ground as moralists.

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Product Description: This book brings together for the first time works by four Afro-Anglican writers who published between 1774 and 1789: Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, John Marrant, Ottobah Cugoano, and Olaudah Equiano. These men share a dramatic story of captivity and liberation, wayfaring and adventure. (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Adam Potkay (editor)

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9780312125189 | Palgrave Macmillan, March 15, 1995, cover price $53.00 | About this edition: This book brings together for the first time works by four Afro-Anglican writers who published between 1774 and 1789: Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, John Marrant, Ottobah Cugoano, and Olaudah Equiano.

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Product Description: This book brings together for the first time works by four Afro-Anglican writers who published between 1774 and 1789: Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, John Marrant, Ottobah Cugoano, and Olaudah Equiano. These men share a dramatic story of captivity and liberation, wayfaring and adventure.
By Sandra Burr (editor) and Adam Potkay

Hardcover:

9780312121334 | Palgrave Macmillan, March 1, 1995, cover price $79.95 | About this edition: This book brings together for the first time works by four Afro-Anglican writers who published between 1774 and 1789: Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, John Marrant, Ottobah Cugoano, and Olaudah Equiano.

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Product Description: "This highly recommended study manifests a sure grasp of political and cultural history, familiarity with current critical approaches, and a lucid and often witty style."—Choice"Potkay sees in Hume and in the period, a deep ambivalence toward eloquence...read more

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9780801430145 | Cornell Univ Pr, December 1, 1994, cover price $89.50 | About this edition: "This highly recommended study manifests a sure grasp of political and cultural history, familiarity with current critical approaches, and a lucid and often witty style.

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