Monthly Archives: October 2012

Bilingual letter-writers

Recently, I stumbled upon a family photo album. While browsing through it, I found several letters from the early twentieth and late nineteenth century, all written in Dutch. Despite this, I noticed that the use of language, even the use … Continue reading

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The Clift Family Correspondence

While I was searching for an interesting topic for my paper, I came across a book named Letter Writing as a Social Practice. I am interested in the Clift family letters and I explicitly want to focus on William Clift’s written interaction (and … Continue reading

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When skimming through Aristocrats by Stella Tillyard 1994, I came upon the name of Madame de Sévigné whose letters were quoted and used as models by English women of noble birth (page 88). The male writers used Latin in their … Continue reading

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The Penny Black Stamp

When reading the ‘Browning Love Letters” I noticed that a “Penny Black” postage stamp was adhered to its envelope. The Penny Black was the first stick on -postage stamp ever used. I knew of its existence, but not when it … Continue reading

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The varying degree of formality in John Wesley’s letters

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In the course Letters as Sociohistorical-Linguistic Documents, we have learned that social status was of great importance in the late modern English society. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that especially experienced writers applied a variety of different styles to … Continue reading

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Swift’s correspondence letters.

Whenever I contemplate about writing and letters, the word ‘poet’ always comes to mind. Even though poets have their way of swinging and knocking about with words, making them seem like art, poets were in my opinion the most obvious … Continue reading

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Collection of John Wesley’s Letters

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We have seen the edition of Wesley’s letters from 1721-1755 which Frank Baker put together; we have heard of the online collection of 138 letters that the Bridwell Library put on their website; but – until today – I did not … Continue reading

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