Category Archives: letter writing

Late Modern English letters in the classroom

Last Friday, I taught a class of 11-year olds about Jane Austen and her letters. What an amazing experience it was. The occasion was the University of Leiden’s 444th birthday, for which a programme called “Meet the professor” was set … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Language …

… is the topic of this year’s Sample Lecture for English organised by the Leiden University Humanities Faculty on 15 April 2016. During this lecture you will learn why Jane Austen’s language (in addition to her novels) is of interest … Continue reading

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The Mary Hamilton Papers available online

Letters carefully transliterated from the Mary Hamilton Papers in the John Rylands Library are freely available to any interested reader. The corpus currently stands at 161 letters dated 1764-1819 – over 70,000 words of text. The Image to Text project … Continue reading

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Clever letter writing tools: the Polygraph

Here is Martijn Slokker’s first blogpost: While doing research for my course paper I made the fortuitous decision of watching the 2008 HBO miniseries John Adams, a series that chronicles the political life of the second president of the United … Continue reading

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Call me ‘Ba’

While doing research on the correspondence between Elizabeth Barrett Browning (EBB) and Sir Uvedale Price in the Browning Letters corpus published online by Baylor, I came across an interesting development in opening formulas. Sir Uvedale and EBB met when he was … Continue reading

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Fluency in an English letter from Queen Wilhemina

Here is Jiayan Xu’s first blogpost: During our visit to the Dutch Family Royal Archives in The Hague, I looked at one of the letters of Queen Wilhemina, intending to see how good her English was at that time. On 23 … Continue reading

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Sparroy, Toadelcrancz, Il Giotto, and Goatus esq.

And here is Sopio Zhgenti’s first blogpost: Virginia Woolf’s letters are a fascinating source for many things, but also, as I discovered for her use of nicknames, which we find for many of her correspondents including herself, in the opening … Continue reading

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