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Stephen Basdeo

Stephen Basdeo is a historian and writer based in Leeds, UK.

Henry Hetherington: The Revolutionary Life of a Radical Printer (1850) | G. W. M. Reynolds

“He defied the law, he suffered imprisonment, and lost his property in struggling for a right … we are indebted for the immense benefits derived by the masses from the circulation amongst them of cheap literature.”

Napoleon (1838) | Victor Hugo

The following poem, celebrating the life and deeds of Napoleon, was first written by Victor Hugo in the 1830s. It was later translated for the Monthly Magazine, probably by G.W.M. Reynolds, who had previously translated several of Hugo’s works.