Category Archives: 19th-century letters

Children’s letters from EBB

Here is Christel Brouwer’s first blogpost: While looking through the Browning Letters corpus (Baylor) I found two very interesting children’s letters from Elizabeth Barrett Browning (EBB). The first letter was written in 1814 by an 8-year-old EBB, and it contains … Continue reading

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Terms of endearment in the nineteenth century

Ana Revan is another student in the Late Modern English letters course. This is her first blogpost. Nowadays we see people on TV use a wide range of pet-names for their loved ones, and we do the same ourselves in our … Continue reading

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ESL in the Late Modern Netherlands

Today we are visiting the Dutch Royal Family Archives in The Hague, to be able to study the English letters the former Dutch queen Wilhelmina wrote to her governess Miss Saxton Winter. An edition of the letters was published in 2012, … Continue reading

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Sennight a dialect word?

This week, in the MA course on Late Modern English letters I teach, we read an article by Frances Austin about how William Clift (1775-1849) quickly lost any traces of his original dialect when he moved from his native Bodmin … Continue reading

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From Letters to Legislature

Do you love 18th/19th century letters and/or documents? Do you love to transcribe? If you answered Yes, then the Transcribe Bentham Initiative might be just up your alley! Transcribe Bentham is an initiative started by University College London, with the … Continue reading

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Officially out today

Though the book was published several weeks ago already, the true publication date, so its actual birthday, is today, 20 February 2014. For a description of the book’s contents, look at OUP’s website, and feel free to get in touch if … Continue reading

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Carriers of Closeness: the letters of Charlotte Brontë

…I am determined to write, for I should be sorry to appear a neglectful correspondent to one from whose communications I have derived, and still derive, so much pleasure (Smith 1995: II, 128). Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855) wrote these words to … Continue reading

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Just out

Earlier this week, my book In Search of Jane Austen: The Language of the Letters (OUP) was published. This is how it is described in the OUP linguistics catalogue that came in today: And here is the missing image:

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Sara Hutchinson’s lifedates?

Could anyone help me find Sara Hutchinson’s lifedates? Sara was the sister of William Wordsorth’s wife Mary (1770-1859). An edition of her letters was published in 1954, by K. Coburn, but we don’t have the book in the library here. The … Continue reading

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Goodbye

Reading through the Browning love letters, the opening and closing formulas are particularly interesting, since they change from more formal ones to more informal ones in the course of time. Examples for formal opening and closing formulas are the following … Continue reading

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