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Beckford (d.1844), a fabulously wealthy heir to a sugar fortune, spent his time and money amassing a major collection of art, furniture, books, and curios and building a splendid Gothic Revival castle to house it. Ostracized from British society for his homosexuality, Beckford continue to collect, build, travel, and write, most notably the torrid O
While even sophisticated observers are tempted to regard celebrity as a phenomenon distinctly related to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, it is by no means a recent invention. This volume explores the genesis of and the variations on "celebrity" during the long eighteenth century, both in English-speaking cultures and in the broader western sphere of cultural influence.
Benjamin Hoadly's ""Original and Institution of Civil Government"" is a founding text for the American republic. This edition features an introduction that considers Hoadly's work in the context of his other publications and his career as an Anglican bishop. It also provides an evaluation of Hoadly's ""Original and Institution of Civil Government"".
Examines the impact of the eighteenth-century theatre on the ways British women novelists represented female subjectivity. The theatre, this work demonstrates, offered women alternatives to contemporary models of feminine nature that insisted on a direct correlation between a lady's appearance and her quality of mind.
This volume presents essays written for the occasion of the AMS Press reprinting of the third edition of Samuel Richardson's ""Clarissa"". The essays introduce the archives collected in the volumes of critical responses to Richardson's text over the past 250 years.
Against a background of 18th-century British colonial wealth and exploitation, Professor Harrow presents the colonial experience as a field against which the interior landscape of the domestic novel - and the domestic ideal - developed and matured, culminating in the Victorian period.
First published in 1726, this full-length study of the devil's role in society combines Biblical history with common sense as Defoe considers the conflict between forces of destructive evil and the benevolent Deity which controls the world.
This work addresses the uncharted domain of science as literature, art and aesthetic expression. The volume looks at science as an artistic genre itself and contains essays on both the exploratory and reflective sides of imaginative science.
This volume describes and celebrates the remarkable efforts of librarians, cataloguers and scholars who, enabled by generous financial support from foundations and universities, have identified, recorded and made available a vast corpus of literature.
Crirical theory is always retrospective when applied to works from earlier periods. This text takes a new approach to the challenge of literary theory with respect to eighteenth-century studies. It looks at the way that literature of the period dealt with the question of the time of criticism.
This is a collection that can be used as a reference for studies of Samuel Richardson's ""Clarissa"". It includes main character indexes, place name index and summaries of letters.
In these memoirs, Cumberland recounts his career in drama, providing insights into the transitional period which witnessed the transformation from neo-classical literature to the Romantic movement. This fully annotated version contains a lengthy introduction and extensive explanatory notes.
Written during the years immediately following two of Defoe's serious brushes with the law, the ""Essay"" offers a variety of wide ranging proposals for radical social reform. The work represents new beginnings for Defoe as a political and literary figure with new ventures on public terrain.
The second English translation of La Rochefoucauld's maxims was made by Mrs Aphra Behn, a woman who is now admired as England's first professional female author. This facing-page bilingual edition offers an accurate translation of the text, an introduction and extensive annotations of the maxims.
This biography of the poet Mary Whateley Darwall includes 18 of her poems. It describes how she was thought to be a poetic genius and how she associated with William Shenstone, John Langhorne, Mary Seward and Henry Cary. It also reveals her struggles as a woman in 18th-century English society.
A bibliography of studies of Samuel Johnson from 1986 to 1998. Dr Lynch records not only writings about Johnson and Boswell but also about a wide variety of related topics. There are nearly 2000 entries, alphabetically arranged for easy access through the indexes.
Brings together international scholars examining the role of religion during a period whose scholarship has typically concentrated on the secular. These essays demonstrate how religion remained a central part of lived experience and literature during the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries.
In addition to shedding new light on Mme d'Epinay's achievements as an author and even as a ""philosophe"" in her own right, this study offers a re-examination of her relationship to leading figures of the French Enlightenment - notably Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot and Grimm.
A biography of William Beckford, the 18th-century linguist, musician, orientalist and art connoisseur who seemed destined for the highest reaches of English political life but finished up as a social outcast. The author considers the influence of Beckford's Portuguese connection.
A handbook on the subject of teaching 18th-century poetry which approaches specific problems and specific poems. Part 1 addresses problems of introducing the subject to undergraduates and Part 2 includes a series of essays developing a specific strategy for teaching one poem or groups of poems.