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Introduction: The Pen, The Post, and The People

Susan E. Whyman

in The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199532445
eISBN:
9780191714535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532445.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History, British and Irish Modern History

This introductory chapter shows how a culture of letters and literacy that included lower and middling-sort letter writers was created in England by 1800. It examines the epistolary tradition in ... More


Letter‐Writing and the Rise of the Novel: The Epistolary Literacy of Jane Johnson and Samuel Richardson

Susan E. Whyman

in The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199532445
eISBN:
9780191714535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532445.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter considers how letters became literary at a time when letters and literature were closely aligned. It suggests that epistolary literacy can offer new insights into the rise of the novel. ... More


Letters of the Middling Sort: Confronting Problems of Business, Religion, Gender, and Class

Susan E. Whyman

in The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199532445
eISBN:
9780191714535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532445.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter shows how middling-sort merchants, writing clerks, and dissenters used letters to work out problems regarding business, religion, gender and class. Letters of four generations of Tucker ... More


Letter‐Writing, Reading, and Literary Culture: The Johnson Family and Anna Miller

Susan E. Whyman

in The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199532445
eISBN:
9780191714535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532445.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter contrasts Jane Johnson's quiet reading and writing with the fast-paced public literary culture of her children — Robert and Barbara — and the patroness of their Bath poetry salon, Anna ... More


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