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Learning to read an 18th-century hand

Eighteenth-century handwriting may seem hard to read at first sight, yet you do get used to it once you get going. And in the course of reading a person’s handwritten texts, you develop a feel for the writer’s particular characteristics. … Continue reading

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Vanessa

And now more about “Vanessa”. I have been reading about this woman in particular. I did not admire her much, to say the least. Not to get ahead of my own presentation in a couple of days, but I wanted … Continue reading

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Letter Writing in Late Modern Europe

Earlier this year, a collection of articles on letter writing in a wider context than Late Modern English was published: Letter Writing in Late Modern Europe, edited by Marina Dossena and Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti (Benjamins 2012). From its table of … Continue reading

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Free online letter database

As I was just searching on the internet for information about Charles Dickens, I found an amazing site on which a large variety of letters by various authors have been posted. To me, as I’m doing research on the relationship between Dickens … Continue reading

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Children’s letters again…

When searching for information on children’s letters on the internet, I found a fantastic site which offers a variety of books that can be accessed freely online. I was searching the archives for children’s correspondences and I found this book:   … Continue reading

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Molly short for Mary?

When I first started working on Robert Lowth’s letters, and in particular on the letters he had written to his wife Mary, I happened to tell a colleague about them. The colleague was surprised to find that Lowth’s private name … 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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Not yet transcribed letters

While searching the internet for not yet transcribed letters, I found a link to an interesting website called Letter Archive Project. This site shows transcribed and not yet transcribed letters from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The letters … Continue reading

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Children’s letters

As I am interested in why children wrote letters  between the 17th and 19th century, apart from the fact that it was considered something children should be taught among the higher classes, does anybody have an idea of where to … Continue reading

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Possession by A.S. Byatt

A highly interesting novel to read is ‘Possession’. It typically fits into this blog for it is about a correspondence between two writers in the 19th century. Moreover, the main characters researching the works of these writers are two academics. This … Continue reading

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