Category Archives: letter writing

“That we are Your Servants wherever we go”

All the MA students in this year’s MA course on Late Modern English Letters have to write blog posts on their findings. Here is the first one, and it is by Sabine Krouwels: A couple of weeks ago, we discussed … Continue reading

Posted in 18th-century letters, letter writing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Jane Austen and the art of letter writing

Is this a new image of Jane Austen? Would she have owned a writing desk like the one in the picture? And how would she have acquired the art of letter writing? Read all about it on OUPblog.

Posted in letter writing, news | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Gallery | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Alzheimer’s in LModE letter writers?

On his website, Ian Lancashire, from the University of Toronto, reports on research done on the language of Agatha Christie and Iris Murdoch, and by way of a control informant, on that of P.D. James.  He wrote a paper on … Continue reading

Posted in letter writing | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Thou Shalt Not Cross

After Annemiek’s presentation on Penholder’s Everbody’s Letter Writer, I started to think about crossing again. Earlier in this blog, there was a post by Annemiek on what Penholder wrote about the reasons for not crossing letters. Reasons for crossing were either that … Continue reading

Posted in 19th-century letters, letter writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Robert Browning and “the full stop”

Punctuation marks had to be acquired and properly applied in writing as long as the writer is acquainted with their rules.  On the basis that treatises on punctuation were scarce and grammars used to deal with this “art” briefly, punctuation … Continue reading

Posted in 19th-century letters, letter writing | Leave a comment

The relative pronoun which in the Clift Family Correspondence

Frances Austin (1985) points out in her paper named Relative Which in Late 18th Century Usage: The Clift Family Correspondence that the relative pronoun which in the eighteenth century was not predominantly used for inanimate objects (pp.15-29). Instead this relative … Continue reading

Posted in 18th-century letters, letter writing | Tagged | Leave a comment