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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (2): 47–62.
Published: 01 April 2001
...G. S. Rousseau The College of William & Mary 2001 Ingenious Pain: Fiction, History, Biography, and the Miraculous Eighteenth Century “And Diderot, feeling he’d found a soulmate, promptly decided...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 73–88.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Shane Greentree Mary Hays's Female Biography (1803) stands as a good example of collective biography, and a landmark in women's history writing. Scholarly debate continues on whether this epic text further develops Enlightenment feminism or marks a retreat from 1790s radicalism into early...
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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 (2021) 45 (2): 24–55.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Eve Tavor Bannet This essay outlines the comprehensive theory of “modern” eighteenth-century biography that was articulated throughout the century in the often lengthy prefaces to collections of lives, disseminated in periodical essays, and applied in reviews to stand-alone lives. This theory...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2000) 24 (2): 106–110.
Published: 01 April 2000
...Beatrice Fink The College of William & Mary 2000 106 — Review Essay — The Divine Brought Down to Earth: Three Recent Sade Biographies Laurence L. Bongie. Sade: A Biographical Essay. Chicago & London: Uni- versity of Chicago...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 47–74.
Published: 01 January 2021
...Jeff Loveland Thanks in part to the influence of Friedrich Brockhaus’s Konversations-Lexikon , a German encyclopedia inaugurated in 1796, biographies of the living had become unremarkable in Europe’s encyclopedias by the early nineteenth century. Today, they are pervasive. Between 1674 and 1750...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 152–169.
Published: 01 April 2018
... man-of-letters rather than a musical professional. In Memoirs , Burney uses biography as a vehicle for the establishment of her own literary authority. In transforming her father from artisanal musician to man-of-letters, she establishes an artistic-professional genealogy in which to site her own...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 1–35.
Published: 01 April 2012
...Ashley Marshall The “Defoe” to be found in the major modern biographies and the criticism of the last four decades is a radically different person and writer from earlier Defoes. Although the notion of a “constructed” author is by now an over-worked cliché, Defoe represents an especially...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (3): 1–30.
Published: 01 September 2012
... into the strikingly uniform descriptions found in biographies of Chatham and in parliamentary histories both contemporary and modern. A letter from Walker King to Richard Burke, Jr., written within hours of the event, offers a compelling new perspective on what may have been said on the floor of Lords on 7 April 1778...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 21–50.
Published: 01 January 2013
... of an adequate biography of Blacklock has meant that the significance of his complex cultural positioning for Burns still generates equivocation. This essay considers why, as an established member of Edinburgh’s polite literary culture, Blacklock was drawn to vernacular verse. It reconstructs the contexts...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (2): 28–46.
Published: 01 April 2014
...Melanie Bigold This article reconsiders the importance of antiquarian interests and research methods in the making of George Ballard’s encyclopedic biography of learned women, Memoirs of Several Ladies of Great Britain who have been celebrated for their writings or skill in the learned languages...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 212–235.
Published: 01 January 2015
...Craig Bailey This article focuses on the physician James Johnson to examine the role Irishness played in the process of identity formation in London during the long eighteenth century. Using biographies, medical journals, and travel literature to chart the development of Johnson’s identity...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 January 2016
... contributed directly to his satiric practice later in life. This essay not only brings Pope's biography to bear on his poetic artistry, but also unites what has often been seen as disparate parts of Pope's career by seeing him first and foremost as a poet of rapture. Copyright 2016 by Duke University Press...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (1): 37–55.
Published: 01 January 2022
... of the principal members, Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Carter, and Hester Chapone, underwent a complete transformation by the time she published her father's biography, Memoirs of Dr. Burney (1832), which contains glowing tributes to the group and its members. This essay seeks to explain the radical change...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2000) 24 (2): 111–127.
Published: 01 April 2000
... and has yet to cease. Given these lasting cultural influences, more people should recognize the Lunatics and their achievements. To combat this general ignominy, Desmond King-Hele, Peter Rowland, and Robert E. Schofield penned biographies of three of the most eclectic of them—Darwin, Day...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (3): 124–129.
Published: 01 September 2010
... our clothes? Could such an approach permit our biographer to descend from the sartorial surface to our subjective being? Could a biographer interpret our hairstyles and hemlines to make sense of the broad contour of our lives? In the case of Caroline Weber’s sartorial biography of Marie...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 102–106.
Published: 01 January 2014
... a propitious moment for a new biography of John Cleland. Almost four decades have passed since the appearance of William H. Epstein’s John Cleland: Images of a Life (1974), and the intervening years have witnessed both a raft of critical writing about Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748 – ​­49...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (1): 65–82.
Published: 01 January 2011
... Hall, Oxford England’s first female professional writer, Aphra Behn (1640 – 89), pre sents problems for those seeking to establish her biography. Despite her contem- porary success and popularity, there is, in Behn’s case, very little to go on. Behn’s manuscript hand survives in only a small...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 118–122.
Published: 01 September 2015
... 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, Orrery appointed himself a protector of Swift’s legacy, which entailed the need to rationalize...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (1): 240–242.
Published: 01 January 2011
...Linda Bree J. A. Downie. A Political Biography of Henry Fielding (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009). Pp. 269. £60. $99 Duke University Press 2010 Review Essay Henry Fielding, Politician? Linda Bree...