By Christopher Hitchens
Unacknowledged Legislation is a party of Percy Shelley's statement that 'poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world'. In over thirty remarkable essays on writers from Oscar Wilde to Salman Rushdie, and along with his trademark wit, rigour and aptitude, grasp critic Christopher Hitchens dispels the parable of politics as a stone tied to the neck of literature. in its place, Hitchens argues that once all events within the nation have been agreed on an issue, it used to be the person pens that created the gap for a real ethical argument.
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Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere by Christopher Hitchens