"This book masterfully combines astute readings of canonical writers with archival recovery of the work of little-known victims of the Gagging Acts. The end result is a nuanced, original, and exciting analysis of great importance."Judith Thompson, Dalhousie University
"This wonderful book provides new perspectives on the rhetoric of silences, ellipses, and displacement that characterizes so much of the writing of the 1790s. Bugg's study shows how contextin his case the legal context of prosecution and surveillancecan be used to open up the complexities of texts, even when governments try to shut them down."Jon Mee, University of Warwick
About the Author
John Bugg is Assistant Professor of English at Fordham University in New York.