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Horace Walpole's letters : masculinity and friendship in the eighteenth century

Author: George E Haggerty
Publisher: Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; Lanham, Md. : Co-published with the Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group, ©2011.
Series: Transits (Bucknell University)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the course of his life, which spanned the eighteenth century from 1717 to 1797, Horace Walpole wrote thousands of letters to his closest friends and acquaintances. In this study, George E. Haggerty considers, the letters themselves, arguing that they need to appreciated on their own terms as one of the great literary accomplishments of the eighteenth century, on a par with Boswell's Life of Johnson and Gibbon's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Correspondence
Named Person: Horace Walpole; Horace Walpole; Horace Walpole; Horace Walpole
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George E Haggerty
ISBN: 9781611480108 1611480108 9781611480115 1611480116 9780838758175 0838758177
OCLC Number: 611964686
Description: ix, 176 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Horace Walpole's epistolary relations --
Horace Walpole's epistolary friendships --
Horace Walpole on the grand tour --
Strawberry Hill: architecture, friendship, and the erotics of collecting --
Illness and intimacy in the letters between Horace Walpole and William Cole --
Art, politics, and friendship in the letters between Horace Walpole and Horace Mann --
Walpole and women: the Countess of Upper Ossory and Mary Berry.
Series Title: Transits (Bucknell University)
Responsibility: George E. Haggerty.

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Over the course of his life, which spanned the eighteenth century from 1717 to 1797, Horace Walpole wrote thousands of letters to his closest friends and acquaintances. In this study, George E. Haggerty considers, the letters themselves, arguing that they need to appreciated on their own terms as one of the great literary accomplishments of the eighteenth century, on a par with Boswell's Life of Johnson and Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. RI the aggregate, Walpole's letters offer all astonishing account of the vagaries of eighteenth-century life and of an intimate view of an alternative masculinity. Walpole talks about himself obsessively: his wants, his needs, his desires; his physical and mental pain; his artistic appreciation and his critical responses, and with critical tact and historical insight. Haggerty elicits the contours of his complex personality, Looking closely at Walpole's personal relationships, his needs and aspirations, his emotionalism, and his rationality, in short, his construction of himself, Haggerty opens a window onto both the history of masculinity in the eighteenth century and the codification of friendship as the preeminent value in Western culture. --Book Jacket.

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Haggerty (Univ. of California, Riverside) seeks to show that Walpole's letters (which run to 48 volumes in the Yale edition, 1937-83) constitute "one of the great literary accomplishments of the Read more...

 
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