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Recollections of a Literary Life Mary Russell Mitford

Recollections of a Literary Life By Mary Russell Mitford

Recollections of a Literary Life by Mary Russell Mitford


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Part autobiography, part critical analysis, this 1852 collection of essays was penned by one of the most prolific female writers of the nineteenth century. This first volume contains essays on Beaumont and Fletcher, Sidney, Herrick, Samuel Johnson, and Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and several others.

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Recollections of a Literary Life: Or, Books, Places, and People by Mary Russell Mitford

Better known for her five volume portrait of English rural life, Our Village, Mary Russell Mitford (1787-1855) was one of the most prolific female writers of her day. Part critical essay, part autobiography, Recollections consists of a series of sketches on and selections from Mitford's favourite authors, stemming from her desire 'to make others relish a few favourite writers as heartily as I have relished them myself'. The collection is arranged according to Mitford's own eclectic system of categorization including 'fashionable poets', 'cavalier poets', and 'poetry that poets love'. This first volume contains essays on Beaumont and Fletcher, Sidney, Herrick, Samuel Johnson, and Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and several others. Mitford wears her immense literary skill lightly and Recollections is masterfully written, full of lively wit and fascinating biographical detail. Published just three years before Mitford's death, it was based on earlier articles and letters.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Various authors - Percy's Reliques; 2. Irish authors - Thomas Davis, John Banim; 3. Authors associated with places - Thomas Noel; 4. Old authors - Abraham Cowley; 5. Comic poets - J. Anstey; 6. American poets - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; 7. Authors sprung from the people - Thomas Holcroft; 8. Authors associated with places - Beaumont and Fletcher; 9. Fashionable poets - Winthrop Macworth Praed; 10. Peasant poets - John Clare; 11. Authors associated with places - Samuel Johnson; 12. Old poets - Robert Herrick, George Withers; 13. Female poets - Joanna Baillie, Catherine Fanshawe; 14. Married poets - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning; 15. Prose pastorals - Sir Philip Sydney's Arcadia, Isaac Walton's Complete Angler.

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NLS9781108020572
9781108020572
1108020577
Recollections of a Literary Life: Or, Books, Places, and People by Mary Russell Mitford
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2010-09-23
340
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