The Laughter of Triumph : William Hone and the Fight for the Free Press Paperback
by Ben Wilson
Satirist William Hone is the forgotten hero of the British press.
In 1817, he was forced to defend himself against a censorious government, in what amounted to a show trial pitting a self-educated "Fleet Street" journalist against the Lord Chief Justice and a hand-picked jury.
Hone's crime was to ridicule the powers that be. Through Hone's life, Ben Wilson looks at the history of the struggle for free expression against repressive law.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 20/04/2006
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780571224715
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Review by dajashby
William Hone just happens to be my gt gt gt gt grandfather (one of them anyway). I've always been aware of him as a fairly minor literary figure in early 19th century England (he knew Charles Dickens and collaborated with Dickens' illustrator George Cruikshank). According to Ben Wilson he's a much more important figure than that, though he's been largely forgotten. He's certainly the only celebrity ancestor I possess.