Joseph Hone is a writer and academic based in Newcastle, where he researches and teaches across the fields of literary studies and the history of the book. He previously studied and taught at Oxford, before taking up fellowships at Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, and London. He is the author of two academic books for Oxford University Press: the first, published in 2017, was shortlisted for the University English Book Prize, and the second is now in press. His first trade book, THE PAPER CHASE: THE PRINTER, THE SPYMASTER, AND THE HUNT FOR THE REBEL PAMPHLETEERS, is forthcoming from Chatto and Windus in September 2020. It investigates a three-hundred year old mystery involving an anonymous sectarian pamphlet, a masked woman, a down-on-his-luck printer, and a plot to overthrow the government.
Literature and Party Politics at the Accession of Queen Anne is the first detailed study of the final Stuart succession crisis. It demonstrates for the first time the centrality of debates about royal succession to the literature and political culture of the early eighteenth century. Using previously neglected, misunderstood, and newly discovered material, Joseph Hone shows that arguments about Anne's right to the throne were crucial to the construction of nascent party political identities. Literary texts were the principal vehicle through which contemporaries debated the new queen's legitimacy. This book sheds fresh light on canonical authors such as Daniel Defoe, Alexander Pope, and Joseph Addison by setting their writing alongside the work of lesser known but nonetheless important figures such as John Tutchin, William Pittis, Nahum Tate, John Dennis, Henry Sacheverell, Charles Leslie, and other anonymous and pseudonymous authors. Through close historical analysis, it shows how this new generation of poets, preachers, and pamphleteers transformed older models of succession writing by Milton, Dryden, and others, and imbued conventional genres such as panegyric and satire with their own distinctive poetics. By immersing the major authors in their milieu, and reconstructing the political and material contexts in which those authors wrote, Literature and Party Politics demonstrates the vitality of debates about royal succession in early eighteenth-century culture.