Unacknowledged Legislation

Christopher Hitchens

RRP: £16.99

4 December 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782394686

RRP: £10.49

4 December 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782394983

Unacknowledged Legislation is a celebration of Percy Shelley’s assertion that ‘poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world’. In over thirty magnificent essays on writers from Oscar Wilde to Salman Rushdie, and with his trademark wit, rigour and flair, master critic Christopher Hitchens dispels the myth of politics as a stone tied to the neck of literature. Instead, Hitchens argues that when all parties in the state were agreed on a matter, it was the individual pens that created the space for a true moral argument.


I have been asked whether I wish to nominate a successor, and inheritor, a dauphin or delfino. I have decided to name Christopher Hitchens.Gore Vidal

Unacknowledged Legislation is a big, handsome book containing some of the best, most polished and wittiest writing you are likely to encounter this or any other year... Gore Vidal should be so lucky to have this boy for an heir.John Banville
Irish Times

Hitchen's writing is tough, heartfelt, coruscating, funny - and imbued with the understanding that the task at hand is an important one.
The Times

A Tom Paine for our troubled times... he picks up the sword and mantle of E. P. Thompson, and carries them off with swashbuckling impertinence, valiant for truth, last in the line of English gentlemen-intellectuals.