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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 63–92.
Published: 01 January 2014
...James Robert Wood Joseph Addison’s and Richard Steele’s The Spectator turned anecdotes into the moral equivalents of experiments in the science of human nature. Just as the experimental reports of the early Royal Society described exceptions to the ordinary workings of nature, The Spectator...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 88–118.
Published: 01 April 2016
... our understanding of his achievement and interests. This essay reads three of Wolcot's key poems from the 1780s in terms of his focus on the use of anecdote in writing history and biography, and his self-conscious interest in writing about great men. In A Poetical and Congratulatory Epistle to James...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 1–35.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Valerie Rumbold The relationship between the Spalding Gentlemen's Society (founded 1710) and Richard Steele's Tatler (1709–11) achieved its most influential commemoration in Nichols's Literary Anecdotes (1812). While there were indeed shared ideals and anxieties that aligned this celebrated example...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (3): 29–59.
Published: 01 September 2011
... anecdotes to larger concerns about English self-representation and the political authority that it alternately appeased and resisted. Specifically, the essay will follow Angelo from an anecdote he tells about George III at a Royal Academy exhibition, through an account of the constitutional crisis of 1783...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (2): 111–135.
Published: 01 April 2020
... correspondence: “Mr Bull is honouring me, at least my Anecdotes of Painting, exceedingly. He has let every page into a pompous sheet, and is adding every print of portrait, building, etc., that I mention and that he can get, and specimens of all our engravers. It will make eight magnificent folios, and be a most...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 89–102.
Published: 01 September 2016
... trading anecdotes would have known someone who knew someone who was personally engaged in even its most remote events. The society hostesses link- ing the links were, to say the least of it, very well-connected persons. Through family and social networks that included diplomats, military officers...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 152–169.
Published: 01 April 2018
... Boswell with any letters from Johnson to herself; upon hearing in Š Š that Boswell had spoken of her, she wrote, “I feel sorry to be named or remembered by that Biographical, anecdotical memorandummer, til his book of poor Dr Johnson’s Life is Žnished & published” (To Susanna Burney Philips...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (2): 24–55.
Published: 01 April 2021
... judgments of modern biographers will be discussed at the end of the next section, with their resolution of a second recurrent disjunction between modern biographers and their subjects. Narrative Life History and Secret History: Facts, Character, and Anecdote In an interesting twist on Plutarch s and Dryden...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (3): 37–64.
Published: 01 September 2009
... footnote correcting himself, although he did not delete his original com- ment (Life, 3:174n3). Kippis knew Johnson; he was with him on Sunday eve- ning, 30 May 1784, and passed on to Boswell an anecdote of the occasion (Life, 4:282). Hester Thrale Piozzi noted in her diary, Thraliana (25 January...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (2): 138–158.
Published: 01 April 2008
... manager, to introduce a mad actor to a mad town.”12 This eccentricity in its many pro- ductions made the play an exotic curiosity that from the early eighteenth century on made it an object for burlesque, and the subject of numerous anecdotes, most of which were probably exaggerated or apocryphal...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (3): 1–28.
Published: 01 September 2013
... “lovingly laboured” and “highly deferential.” 11 It has been called a bad, or a good, successor to Boswell’s Life of Johnson, Hester Piozzi’s Anecdotes of Johnson (1786), and Letitia Matilda Hawkins’s Anecdotes, Biographical Sketches, and Memoirs (1822). It has also been called an egotistical book...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 129–132.
Published: 01 January 2013
... or “ethicized.” The final chapter of Edmund Burke and the Art of Rhetoric offers an analysis of Burke’s critique of Rousseau’s “eloquence.” In discussing the anecdote in the Reflections, in which Rousseau is supposed to have told Hume that he sought to impose on his readers by presenting...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 118–122.
Published: 01 September 2015
... the line in his influential Lives of the Poets, and others duly followed suit. But the earliest biographies, and Damrosch, have the correct version. The anecdote came from John Boyle, the fifth Earl of Orrery, a much younger man who knew Swift in his later years. Like many of the early biographers...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 1–13.
Published: 01 January 2015
... and eventually a merchant, amassing a “very considerable fortune”; Dd resorted to robbery until his career was abruptly halted by a jerk of the executioner’s rope at Tyburn. McLaughlin’s biographer tells us this apocryphal anecdote partly in order to inject some tension into his subject’s “train...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (2): 63–77.
Published: 01 April 2001
... in the arrangement,” but he less modestly offers his “notes and anecdotes” as more accurate than “the most elaborate periods of eloquence” (p. v). Faux is even more em- phatic: Throughout the work, I have studiously avoided every thing which might savour...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (3): 1–30.
Published: 01 September 2012
... substance, this account matches the speeches of Richmond and Chatham given in the standard sources, William Cobbett’s Parlia- mentary History of England from the Earliest Period to the Year 1803 and John Almon’s Anecdotes of the Life of the Right Hon. William Pitt, both of which derive directly from...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 20–56.
Published: 01 September 2017
...).10 Largely but not entirely because of Boswell, we also have an enormous amount of personal and anecdotal tes- timony about Johnson, providing modern biographers a generous plenty on which to ponder and argue—the bulk of it, however, from rather late in life. Johnson was fifty-four-years old...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (1): 56–72.
Published: 01 January 2010
... from European normative experience, and he takes further precautions to preempt such readerly doubt by treating with suspicion tales at significant variance with what he has personally known or experienced. For example, Exquemelin prefaces one of his anecdotes about buccaneers’ use of dogs...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 121–126.
Published: 01 January 2021
...- scapes of birdsong and falling water, to hundreds of invocations to him or the Leasowes (the renowned farm he developed, according to aesthetic principles, near Birmingham) in magazine tributes, anecdotes, poetry excerpts, and illus- trations to poetry that appeared in the oft- reprinted Collection...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (1): 81–87.
Published: 01 January 2007
..., one might ask, did Hume actually say this or something like this to Johnston? If so, by what means did this quip or anecdote make it from Hume’s death- bed or the constellation of hearsay and story immediately surrounding it to the second page of a Virginia Gazette published eight months after...