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Romantic Correspondence


  • 6 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 284 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.42 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 826/.7099287
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR911 .F38 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English letters--History and criticism
    • English prose literature--Women authors--History and criticism
    • Women authors, English--Correspondence--History and criticism
    • Politics and literature--Great Britain--History--19th century
    • Politics and literature--Great Britain--History--18th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521604284 | ISBN-10: 0521604281)

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  • Published January 2005

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The literary importance of letters did not end with the demise of the eighteenth-century epistolary novel. In the turbulent period between 1789 and 1830, the letter was used as a vehicle for political rather than sentimental expression. Against a background of severe political censorship, seditious Corresponding Societies, and the rise of the modern Post Office, letters as they are used by Romantic writers, especially women, become the vehicle for a distinctly political, often disruptive force. Mary Favret's study of Romantic correspondence reexamines traditional accounts of epistolary writing, and redefines the letter as a 'feminine' genre. The book deals not only with letters which circulated in the novels of Austen or Mary Shelley, but also with political pamphlets, incendiary letters and spy letters available for public consumption.


Preface: The Public Letter, or 'La Lettre Perfide'; 1. History and the fiction of letters; 2. Letters or letters; politics, interception and spy fiction; 3. Helen Maria Williams and the letters of history; 4. Mary Wollstonecraft and the business of letters; 5. Jane Austen and the look of letters; 6. The letters of Frankenstein; Conclusion: the death of the letter–fiction, the Post Office and 'The English Mail Coach'; List of works cited.

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