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Selected English Letters (XV - XIX Centuries) offers readers a fascinating glimpse into the private correspondence of some of the most notable figures in English history. With letters spanning several centuries, this collection provides an invaluable resource for anyone interested in historical insights, personal narratives, and the evolution of English language and culture.

The book begins with a concise yet informative introduction, providing readers with the necessary historical context for each letter. It highlights the significance of these correspondences, shedding light on the personal lives and perspectives of the authors behind them. This introduction sets the stage for the immersive journey that lies ahead.

The varied selection of letters showcases the diversity of writing styles, themes, and purposes throughout the centuries. From heartfelt romantic expressions to political debates and illuminating travelogues, the range of topics covered in this compilation is vast. This makes for an engrossing read, as readers are constantly exposed to fresh insights and perspectives that capture the essence of each era.

One of the notable strengths of this collection is the meticulous editing work. The letters are presented in a manner that is accessible to both scholars and casual readers alike. Each letter is accompanied by helpful footnotes, providing additional context and clarifications where necessary. This attention to detail aids in deciphering archaic language, obscure references, and the intricacies of interpersonal or historical politics.

Furthermore, the book's organization is commendable. The selected letters are thoughtfully categorized into sections based on themes or time periods. This enables readers to navigate specific topics of interest easily. Whether one is drawn to the literary musings of the Romantic poets or intrigued by the political debates during the Enlightenment, there is something for everyone within these pages.

Another appealing aspect of this compilation is its humanizing effect on historical figures. While history books often present them as larger-than-life icons, these letters allow readers to see them as ordinary individuals with fears, hopes, and vulnerabilities. This intimate portrayal fosters a deeper connection with the past and offers a unique insight into the minds of these influential figures.

However, it is worth noting that some letters may appear fragmented or incomplete due to their original sources. While the editor has done an admirable job in resolving these issues and providing explanations, there are instances where readers may long for a more complete picture or further correspondence on a particular subject.

Selected English Letters (XV - XIX Centuries) is undeniably a treasure trove of historical, cultural, and linguistic significance. It provides a profound appreciation for the power of personal communication and its role in shaping history. Whether one is an academic, a history enthusiast, or simply curious about the lives of notable figures, this collection offers a captivating journey through centuries of English correspondence.

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This anthology has been compiled with rather mixed motives. First, 'all for our delight' a rule that editors sometimes observe, and occasionally acknowledge; then, with the desire to interest as large a section of the public as may be. Here is a medley of gay, grave, frivolous, homely, religious, sociable, refined, philosophic, and feminine, something for every mood, and for the proper study of mankind. We do not hope to satisfy all critics, but we do not anticipate that we shall please none. Our difficulty has been that of choice. Many pleasant companions we have had to pass by; to strike from our list many excellent letters. Those that remain are intended to present as complete a portrait of the writer as space permits. Occasionally it was some feature of the age, some nicety of manners, some contrast in point of view, that obtained inclusion.

Into such an anthology the ordinary reader prefers to dip at random, looking for old friends or new faces, and has his reward. But if he is resolute to read letters in chronological order, he will also, we hope, find in our selection some trace of the development of the Epistolary art, as, rising through earlier naiveties and formalities to the grace and bel air of the great Augustans, it slides into the freer, if less dignified, utterance of an age which, startled by cries of 'Equality' at its birth, has concerned itself less with form than with individuality and sincerity of expression... Continue reading book >>

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