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Recollections of a Literary Life

Recollections of a Literary Life
Or, Books, Places, and People
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108020602

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  • Better known for her five volume portrait of English rural life, Our Village, Mary Russell Mitford (1787–1855) was one of the most prolific female writers of her day. Part critical essay, part autobiography, Recollections consists of a series of sketches on and selections from Mitford's favourite authors, stemming from her desire 'to make others relish a few favourite writers as heartily as I have relished them myself'. The collection is arranged according to Mitford's own eclectic system of categorization including 'fashionable poets', 'cavalier poets', and 'poetry that poets love'. Mitford wears her immense literary skill lightly and Recollections is masterfully written, full of lively wit and fascinating biographical detail. Published just three years before Mitford's death, it was based on earlier articles and letters. Authors included range from Chaucer to Sir Walter Scott and Mitford's friend Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108020602
    • dimensions: 322 x 252 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Various authors - Percy's Reliques
    2. Irish authors - Thomas Davis, John Banim
    3. Authors associated with places - Thomas Noel
    4. Old authors - Abraham Cowley
    5. Comic poets - J. Anstey
    6. American poets - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    7. Authors sprung from the people - Thomas Holcroft
    8. Authors associated with places - Beaumont and Fletcher
    9. Fashionable poets - Winthrop Macworth Praed
    10. Peasant poets - John Clare
    11. Authors associated with places - Samuel Johnson
    12. Old poets - Robert Herrick, George Withers
    13. Female poets - Joanna Baillie, Catherine Fanshawe
    14. Married poets - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning
    15. Prose pastorals - Sir Philip Sydney's Arcadia, Isaac Walton's Complete Angler. Volume 2:
    1. Spanish ballads
    2. Female poets - Miss Blamire, Mrs. James Gray
    3. American orators - Daniel Webster
    4. Old authors - Ben Jonson
    5. Fashionable poets - William Robert Spencer
    6. Autobiography of dramatic authors - Colley Cibber, Richard Cumberland
    7. Female poets - Mrs. Clive, Mrs. Acton Tindal, Miss Day, Mrs. Robert Dering
    8. Cavalier poets - Richard Lovelace, Roger l'Estrange, The Marquis of Montrose
    9. Poetry that poets love - Walter Savage Landor, Leigh Hunt, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats
    10. Authors associated with places - Christopher Anstey
    11. American poets - John Greenleaf Whittier, Fitz-Greene Halleck
    12. Voluminous authors - Hargrave's State Trials
    13. Fishing songs - Mr. Doubleday, Miss Corbett
    14. Authors associated with places - John Kenyon. Volume 3:
    1. Authors associated with places - Thomas Chatterton, Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth
    2. American poets - Oliver Wendell Holmes
    3. Letters of authors - Samuel Richardson
    4. Fine single poems - Sir Walter Scott, &c.
    5. Authors associated with places - W. C. Bennett
    6. Irish authors - Gerald Griffin
    7. Mock-heroic poetry - John Hookham Frere
    8. Authors associated with places - Lord Clarendon, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Hughes
    9. Unrecognised poets - George Darley, the Rev. Edward William Barnard
    10. American prose writers - Nathaniel Hawthorne
    11. Old poets - Andrew Marvel
    11. Scottish poets - William Motherwell
    13. Great prose writers - Lord Bacon, John Milton, Jeremy Taylor, John Ruskin.

  • Author

    Mary Russell Mitford

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