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The Resource Sent as a gift : eight correspondences from the eighteenth century, edited by Alan T. McKenzie

Sent as a gift : eight correspondences from the eighteenth century, edited by Alan T. McKenzie

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Sent as a gift : eight correspondences from the eighteenth century
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Sent as a gift
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eight correspondences from the eighteenth century
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edited by Alan T. McKenzie
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eng
Summary
The correspondence of the eighteenth century - one of the great ages of letter writing - has come to be regarded as a literary genre in its own right. Yet despite the appearance in recent years of authoritative editions of much of this correspondence, the genre itself has received limited critical attention. Addressing this shortcoming, the essays in Sent as a Gift suggest the many ways the eighteenth-century familiar letter can be read and appreciated in all its variety. The eight correspondences discussed in this volume are among the most important and interesting of the period. Some are from one major literary or political figure to another: Samuel Johnson to James Boswell, Charles Burney to Johnson and to Hester Thrale, Robert Dodsley to William Warburton and David Garrick, Daniel Defoe to Robert Harley. Others are addressed to family members or lesser-known figures: Lord Chesterfield to his son Philip and to Henrietta Howard, Christopher Smart to Arthur Murphy and Paul Panton, Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra, Diderot to Mlle Jodin. The letters vary widely as well in style, subject, and emphasis - from Defoe's eyewitness political reports to Austen's private accounts of daily life, from Lord Chesterfield's courtly epistles to Diderot's dialogues exploring moral concerns. Each essay opens with the text of two representative letters, which become the focal point for discussing an entire correspondence in terms of both its rhetorical qualities and its historical and biographical significance. Using a variety of critical approaches, the essayists seek to reveal what volume editor Alan T. McKenzie calls "the controlling particularities" of a given correspondence. Framing the eight essays are an introduction by the editor and an afterword by Janet Gurkin Altman that address larger theoretical concerns related to correspondence as a genre. As McKenzie observes in his introduction, "not all epistolary windows open into the bosom." Some, he notes, afford glimpses of far different matters that can be equally instructive of the human condition in the eighteenth century: the difficulties of selling books by subscription, the irregularities of regional electoral practices, the politics of getting a play produced. Readers of this volume will gain insight not only into the ways letters were written, sealed, sent, and received but also into the purposes, private and public, explicit and implicit, for which they originally changed hands
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DLC
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • English letters
  • English prose literature
  • Letter writing
  • Authors, English
  • Authors, English
  • Eighteenth century
  • Great Britain
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Sent as a gift : eight correspondences from the eighteenth century, edited by Alan T. McKenzie
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25372850
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780820314662
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1518189
Label
Sent as a gift : eight correspondences from the eighteenth century, edited by Alan T. McKenzie
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25372850
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780820314662
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1518189

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