From Family to Philosophy

Letter-Writers from the Pastons to Elizabeth Barrett Browning

by Henry Summerfield

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Book Description

A cultural change in the Renaissance freed talented European writers to compose letters rivalling the finest that survived from ancient Rome. This book traces the lives and outlooks of distinguished Britons as revealed in their correspondence. The subjects range from the fierce satirist Jonathan Swift to the long-lived, all-observing Horace Walpole and from the poet and freedom fighter Lord Byron to the tormented but brilliant Jane Carlyle. Accompanying the self-portraits these writers unwittingly create are their many sketches of their contemporaries. Moreover, the views they express on forms of government, feminism, literature, theology, religious toleration, and other topics serve to relate their lives to the progression from the Age of Reason through the Romantic period to the Victorian era.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Cicero and Pliny the Younger
14
Chapter 2
The Pastons
20
Chapter 3
The Lisles
24
Chapter 4
Sir Thomas More
28
Chapter 5
Roger Ascham
30
Chapter 6
John Chamberlain
34
Chapter 7
Sir Henry Wotton
38
Chapter 8
John Donne
42
Chapter 9
James Howell
46
Chapter 10
Sir Thomas Browne
52
Chapter 11
Dorothy Osborne
58
Chapter 12
The Self and the Modern World
66
Chapter 13
Jonathan Swift
70
Chapter 14
Alexander Pope
84
Chapter 15
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
92
Chapter 16
John Byrom
110
Chapter 17
Lord Chesterfield
114
Chapter 18
Samuel Johnson
128
Chapter 19
Laurence Sterne
138
Chapter 20
Thomas Gray
148
Chapter 21
Horace Walpole
160
Chapter 22
Ignatius Sancho
208
Chapter 23
William Cowper
216
Chapter 24
Eliza Fay
238
Chapter 25
Robert Burns
246
Chapter 26
Sydney Smith
260
Chapter 27
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
274
Chapter 28
Mary Russell Mitford
300
Chapter 29
Lord Byron
324
Chapter 30
John Keats
360
Chapter 31
Jane Welsh Carlyle
376
Chapter 32
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
410
Chapter 33
What a Literature is Here!
448

Book Details

Publisher
University of Victoria
Published
2019
Pages
524
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781550586473
ISBN10
1550586475
ISBN13 Digital
9781550586480
ISBN10 Digital
1550586483
PDF Size
8.6 MB
License
CC BY-NC-SA

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