William Cobbett Bibliography

The Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine 1796
Memoir Cobbett published in Philadelphia under his favourite pen-name. Cobbet defends himself against the libel that he had “taken French leave, the leave of the runaway, a thief, a Tom Paine”, when he crossed the Channel in 1792. He denied that he wrote from hostility to the French people: “I went to that country full of all the prejudices that Englishmen suck in with their mother’s milk, against the French and against their religion; a few weeks convinced me that I had been deceived with respect to both. I met everywhere with civility or even hospitality, in a degree that I had never been accustomed to. I found the people, excepting those who were already blasted with the principles of the accursed revolution, honest, pious and kind to excess.”
The Bloody Buoy 1797
Cobbett’s main work on the French Revolution, published four years after his departure from Havre. To give the work authenticity Cobbet states at the beginning that “facts are taken from L’histoire de clergé françois or the History of the French Clergy by the Abbé Barruel. The table of contents gives a good indication of the books’s character: “Women roasted alive and their flesh cut off and presented to men for food”; “Two women tied naked to the guillotine while their husbands are executed”; “Dreadful description of a prison, containing women and children”; “Sixty persons suffocated in the hatches of a drowning-boat”; “The Convention applauds the invention of the drowning-boat as an honour to France”.
Porcupine’s Works 1801
Collection of Cobbett’s American works published in 12 volumes.
The Political Register 1802
Launch of a journal by William Cobbett.
Grammar of the English Language 1818
A grammar composed for working-class students.
Rural Rides 1830
A description of rural England.