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The Life, and Posthumous Writings, of William Cowper, Esqr.: Volume 3 William Hayley

The Life, and Posthumous Writings, of William Cowper, Esqr.: Volume 3 By William Hayley

The Life, and Posthumous Writings, of William Cowper, Esqr.: Volume 3 by William Hayley


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William Cowper (1731-1800) produced a considerable body of poetry and a translation of Homer's Iliad while maintaining many epistolary contacts. Published between 1803 and 1806, this four-volume biography, compiled by his friend William Hayley (1745-1820), brings together selected letters and poems to illuminate Cowper's personal and literary life.

The Life, and Posthumous Writings, of William Cowper, Esqr.: Volume 3 Summary

The Life, and Posthumous Writings, of William Cowper, Esqr.: Volume 3: With an Introductory Letter to the Right Honourable Earl Cowper by William Hayley

Successors such as Wordsworth and Coleridge admired yet overshadowed William Cowper (1731-1800). Troubled by mental instability, he retreated from both the legal profession and the woman he had hoped to marry, seeking out a quiet existence in the country. In spite of his struggles, he made a translation of Homer's Iliad, produced a considerable body of poetry, and maintained many epistolary contacts. This four-volume biography, compiled by his friend and fellow poet William Hayley (1745-1820), appeared between 1803 and 1806, bringing together selected letters and unpublished poems to illuminate Cowper's personal and literary life. Opening with an essay, 'Desultory remarks on the letters of eminent persons, particularly those of Pope and Cowper', Volume 3 (1804) includes letters in which Cowper gives his frank opinions of contemporary literary figures, notably Samuel Johnson, interspersed with his characteristic flights of whimsy and enthusiastic remarks on gardening.

Table of Contents

Desultory remarks on the letters of eminent persons, particularly those of Pope and Cowper; Life of Cowper, part 4; Letters; Advertisement; Desultory remarks; Letters; Circular letter; List of subscribers; Index to the letters.

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NLS9781108066716
9781108066716
1108066712
The Life, and Posthumous Writings, of William Cowper, Esqr.: Volume 3: With an Introductory Letter to the Right Honourable Earl Cowper by William Hayley
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Cambridge University Press
2013-11-21
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