Revival of this Group - Expressions of interest

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Revival of this Group - Expressions of interest

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Apr 1, 2017, 6:24am

Eighteenth century literature is my favourite area and it would be great if this Group could be revived.

Is anyone else interested?

If so, please post an expression of interest.

Thank you, Chawton

Apr 2, 2017, 7:47am

Yes, I'm interested. Let's hope a few more follow suit. My current areas of interest here are Boswell and the numerous connections that arise from this, i.e., Johnson, the Thrales, the Burneys, members of The Club, etc.

I'm working my way through all the Yale Boswell editions (to date) and also the Isham/Bruce Rogers Private Papers of James Boswell. I've also acquired all the Oxford/McGill Burney Letters and Journals and several editions of the Life of Johnson, including the LEC one with Hester Piozzi's (Thrale) marginal annotations. in the tbr pile there are also various other biographies and ancillary works connected with these writers. This is all very much "work in progress" but I'm interested to discuss any aspects as far as I'm able. It's a huge subject to study and an absorbing one. The whole incredible story of the rediscovery of the Boswell papers alone is both amazing and exciting.

On the fiction front, I've only fairly recently turned to the eighteenth century from the nineteenth, but I've read Fanny Burney's Evelina (and have the others in the pipeline), a few Smollets, Austen of course (although not very recently - I must re-read them very soon!), some Fielding, Richardson, etc. And I have the Folio box set of the Ann Radcliffe novels which I'm keen to explore. Time! Time!

Apr 2, 2017, 7:51pm

Count me in. I helped catalogue the libraries of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, and Charles Lamb on Library Thing.

May 2, 2017, 4:17pm

I love the eighteenth century in literature! And I just started taking books from the period again. When I was at uni decades ago I took a survey course on the period starting with Defoe who I loved and going up all the way to...well at least Tristam Shandy and I can't remember who after that. I even read
a condensced version of Clarissa and loved it-always wanted to read the whole thing and Pamela too.
Back then women writers were never included-a friend in the class asked to do an assignment of a woman writer and so she was given Fanny Burney but no one formally studied her. I have to pull out a copy of Ian Watt's The Rise of the Novel which I have heard is kind of out of date now because it is
so male-centric. And certainly no one touched Aphra Behn back then. Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews,
Moll Flanders, The Vicar of Wakefield, those were the days!
I was fortunate that just by fluke I did 18c lit before doing a year of 19c lit and the progression
of the novel from Defoe to James is just fascinating-you really see how the idea of what was possible
in the novel changed. For some reason my prof didn't consider Austen a 18c novelist as she was
done in 19c lit-does she straddle both centuries?