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17th and 18th centuries (1640-1770)

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  • Boswellby Irma S. Lustig

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    These eleven original essays by well-known eighteenth-century scholars, five of them editors of James Boswell's journal or letters, commemorate the bicentenary of Boswell's death on May 19, 1795. The volume illuminates both the life and the work of one of the most important literary figures of the age and contributes significantly to the scholarship... more...

  • Margaret Cavendish and the Exiles of the Mindby Anna Battigelli

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 50.00

    Margaret Cavendish, duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673), led a dramatic life that brought her into contact with kings, queens, and the leading thinkers of her day. The English civil wars forced her into exile, accompanying Queen Henrietta Maria and her court to Paris. From this vantage point, she began writing voluminously, responding to the events and... more...

  • Colley Cibberby Helene Koon

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Colley Cibber changed the course of the English-speaking theater. One of the most complete theater men in the history of the stage, he fostered the change from drama as the handmaiden of literature to theater as an independent and lively art. In the process, Cibber became one of London's brightest stars, one of its most popular playwrights and, for... more...

  • Domestick Privaciesby David Wheeler

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Biography was Samuel Johnson's favorite among literary genres, and his Lives of the Poets is often regarded as the capstone of his career. The central place of biography in his oeuvre is explored in this collection of nine original essays by leading Johnson scholars. Varied in their focus and approach, the essays range from a philosophical overview... more...

  • In Praise of Povertyby Mona Scheuermann

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    In her own time and in ours, Hannah More (1745-1833) has been seen as a benefactress of the poor, writing and working selflessly to their benefit. Mona Scheuermann argues, however, that More's agenda was not simply to help the poor but to control them, for the upper classes in late eighteenth-century England were terrified that the poor would rise... more...

  • John Gay and the London Theatreby Calhoun Winton

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    The Beggar's Opera , often referred to today as the first musical comedy, was the most popular dramatic piece of the eighteenth century -- and is the work that John Gay (1685-1732) is best remembered for having written. That association of popular music and satiric lyrics has proved to be continuingly attractive, and variations on the Opera have... more...

  • The Delicate Distressby Elizabeth Griffith

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 29.95

    Actress, playwright, and novelist, Elizabeth Griffith (1727-1793) won fame in England with the publication in 1757 of the first two volumes of Letters Between Henry and Frances , letters from her own courtship with Richard Griffith whom she secretly married in 1751. Her first novel, The Delicate Distress (1769), focuses on the problems women... more...

  • The Excursionby Frances Brooke; Paula R. Backsheider; Hope D. Cotton

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 29.95

    Frances Brooke (1724-1789), journalist, translator, playwright, novelist, and even co-manager of a theater, was described as "perhaps the first female novel-writer who attained a perfect purity and polish of style." Today, Brooke is known primarily for The History of Emily Montague, one of the earliest novels about Canada, where she lived for a... more...

  • Allegorical Poetics and the Epicby Mindele Anne Treip

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Literary allegory has deep roots in early reading and interpretation of Scripture and classical epic and myth. In this substantial study, Mindele Treip presents an overview of the history and theory of allegorical exegesis upon Scripture, poetry, and especially the epic from antiquity to the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, with close focus... more...

  • Johnson, Rasselas, and the Choice of Criticismby Edward Tomarken

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Although Rasselas has received more critical commentary than almost any other work by Samuel Johnson, Edward Tomarken's book is the first full length study to focus on his tale of the Prince of Abyssinia . This anomaly arises, as Tomarken shows, because Rasselas has remained resistant to the customary critical approaches of the eighteenth, nineteenth,... more...