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Michael Faraday's mental exercises : an artisan essay-circle in Regency London

Author: Alice Jenkins
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2008.
Series: Liverpool English texts and studies, 51.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In 1818 Michael Faraday and a handful of other London artisans formed a self-help group with the aim of teaching themselves to write like gentlemen. The 'Mental Exercises' they produced are a fascinating record of the life, literary tastes and social and political ideas of Dissenting artisans in Regency London." "This is the first time that the essays and poems produced by Faraday's circle have been published. The  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Sources
Named Person: Michael Faraday; Michael Faraday; Michael Faraday; Michael Faraday; Michael Faraday
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Jenkins
ISBN: 9781846311406 1846311403
OCLC Number: 191856082
Description: xii, 250 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Faraday and style --
Organizing the essay-circle --
Writing the Mental Exercises --
Reading in the Mental Exercises --
Note on editorial policy --
Pt. 1. The 'Mental Exercises' --
List of Members and Scribes' Rota --
Members' Agreement --
On Study --
On Honour --
On Argument --
On Imagination and Judgement --
Hope --
On General Character --
On the Pleasures and Uses of the Imagination --
On Politeness --
Agis --
The Charms of Sleep --
Friendship & Charity --
An Ode to the PASS --
Garreteer's Epistle --
A Mathematical Love Letter --
On seeing a Rose in the Possession of a Lady at the SMHPABNASL --
On Courage --
Irritus to the Manager --
Marriage is Honourable in All --
Friendship --
On Mind and the Duty of Improving It --
A word for Page 73 --
On the Early Introduction of Females to Society --
Memoranda --
On prematurely Forming Opinion of Characters --
On the Death of the Princess Charlotte --
Affectation --
On Conscious Approbation --
The Origin of a Critic --
A Fable --
Reflections on Death --
On Avarice --
On Tradesmen --
On Laws --
On the Changes of the mind --
On Marriage --
On Calumny --
Letter to the Secretary --
Enigma --
On Marriage --
Effeminacy & Luxury --
A Brother's Letter to Mr. Deeble --
Junius & Tullia --
A Ramble to Melincourt --
On Triflers --
139th Psalm --
Infancy --
Ar a Village on the Dunchurch Road --
Pt. 2. Contexts --
Faraday and Self-Education --
Faraday, from the Correspondence (1812-16) --
Faraday, from Observations on the Means of Obtaining Knowledge (1817) --
Faraday, from 'Observations on the Inertia of the Mind' (1818) --
Faraday's indexes to eighteenth-century periodicals --
Faraday, from 'Observations on Mental Education' (1854) --
The Improvement of the Mind --
Isaac Watts, from The Improvement of the Mind (1741) --
Samuel Johnson, from The Rambler (1751) --
Thomas Williams, from The Moral Tendencies of Knowledge (1815) --
Isaac Taylor, from Self Cultivation Recommended: Or, Hints to a Youth Leaving School (1817) --
From The Black Dwarf (1819) --
Mary Shelley, from Frankenstein (1818) --
Henry Brougham, from Practical Observations upon the Education of the People (1825) --
The Pleasures of the Imagination --
Joseph Addison, from The Spectator (1712) --
Mark Akenside, from The Pleasures of the Imagination (1744).
Series Title: Liverpool English texts and studies, 51.
Responsibility: edited by Alice Jenkins.


This edition will be valuable not only for historians of Romantic and Victorian science, but for literary scholars and historians working on early nineteenth-century writing, reading and class  Read more...


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Jenkins has done an admirable job transcribing these materials and providing supporting scholarly work. Jenkins's book thus not only serves as a window into Faraday's efforts at self-improvement, but Read more...

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