Linton- Life in the Collections
8) The Life of W.J. Fox, Public Teacher & Reformer 1786-1864.
The author of this valuable biography, which was published posthumously, was a prolific biographer of the literary traditions of radicalism, among them works on Milton, Blake and Shelley. William Johnson Fox had achieved considerable fame as a stirring orator and a prolific journalist and pamphleteer. To Linton, Fox was of vital importance as a campaigner for a democratic culture and as a lively and powerful example of republican commitment. Linton is cited referring to Fox as “the virtual founder of that new school of English radicalism, which looked beyond the established traditions of French revolution, and more poetical, escaped the narrowness of Utilitarianism.”