The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers, 1660-1800

The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers, 1660-1800


Susan Whyman attracts on a hidden global of formerly unknown letter writers to discover daring new rules in regards to the background of writing, analyzing and the unconventional. taking pictures genuine dialogues of individuals discussing topics as different as marriage, poverty, poetry, and the emotional lives of servants, The Pen and the folks can be loved via every body attracted to background, literature, and the intimate reviews of normal people.

according to over thirty-five formerly unknown letter collections, it tells the tales of staff and the middling style -- a Yorkshire bridle maker, a feminine family servant, a Derbyshire wheelwright, an untrained lady writing poetry and brief tales, in addition to retailers and their households. Their usual backgrounds and remarkable writings problem authorized perspectives that well known literacy used to be infrequent in England ahead of 1800.

This democratization of letter writing might by no means have happened with out the improvement of the Royal Mail. Drawing on new details gleaned from own letters, Whyman finds how the submit workplace had altered the rhythms of everyday life lengthy sooner than the 19th century. because the pen, the publish, and the folks grew to become more and more hooked up, so too have been eighteenth-century society and tradition slowly and subtly transformed.

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