Mr Parker and the Porcupine
Posted by Caroline on October 07, 1997 at 17:31:36:
Someone, somewhere, probably on the S&S board, was asking whether the title of the newspaper that Mr Parker reads in the film was genuine or not.I'm sorry, I cannot find the original question, or H.C.'s kind response, but I do remember that the end result was that it was possible that such a publication existed.
I was doing some reading about William Cobbett, a prolific writer and social commentator who is today best known for his "Rural Rides" which he published in the 1820's.This man had an interesting and eventful life, and, apparently, was in Philadelphia between 1792 and 1800, teaching English to French refugees, and publishing a monthly political paper called "Peter Porcupine".It was as a result of a libel suit brought against him that he returned to England , where he continued to criticise the government and the establishment in with his "Political Register".
I leave it up to you to decide whether Mr Parker of "Sense and Sensibility" would read a political paper like this.
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