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date: 18 June 2019

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In this chapter the author examines the origins, Tractarian takeover, and ensuing commentary of the British Critic magazine, and the significant controversy which it was to generate. The chapter argues that attention to the Movement’s periodical journalism demonstrates the anxiety of John Henry Newman and others to secure a polemical platform beyond the Tracts for the Times, specifically for the discussion of political and social affairs. It additionally suggests that historians’ long neglect of this journalism has obscured both important contemporary commentary, and the importance of some its traditionally second-rank figures, such as Thomas Mozley, Frederick Oakeley, and W. G. Ward.

Keywords: British Critic, journalism, commentary, Hackney Phalanx, Rivingtons, controversy

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