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Eighteenth-Century Life (2005) 29 (2): 3–24.
Published: 01 April 2005
...Peter M. Briggs Duke University Press 2005 John Graunt, Sir William Petty, and Swift’s Modest Proposal Peter M. Briggs Bryn Mawr College It would be an unsound fancy and self...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (3): 30–62.
Published: 01 September 2023
...Alessio Mattana This essay examines the myth of Isaac Newton's modesty in eighteenth‐century Britain. By analyzing both primary sources by and on Newton and scholarship on the concept of “modest witnessing,” this essay argues that a number of actors concerned with Newton's public relevance...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (1): 1–34.
Published: 01 January 2023
...Bradford Mudge This essay postulates a field theory of the portrait, one capable of explaining both portrait objects and the forces to which they were subject. It does so not with the intention of celebrating theoretical mastery, but to facilitate three comparatively modest claims: first...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (2): 101–108.
Published: 01 April 2021
..., Germany Jonathan Swift. Irish Political Writings after 1725: A Modest Proposal and Other Works, ed. David Hayton and Adam Rounce, vol. 14 of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ., 2018). Pp. cviii + 548. $84.99 With the last comprehensive editions of Jonathan...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (1): 115–120.
Published: 01 January 2022
... congregations, both in the Irish countryside at Laracor, and in the city of Dublin. He was good evening company in both Dublin and London. He wrote three of the most brilliant works of all time: A Tale of a Tub , A Modest Proposal , and Gulliver's Travels . He dashed off masterpieces like An Argument...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 97–118.
Published: 01 January 2013
... Press 97 98  Eighteenth-Century Life Unlike A Modest Proposal, in which, of course, Swift suggests turning the flesh of beggarly Irish infants into a local commodity, the scheme for badging beggars is unequivocal. It is without irony when Swift observes...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2004) 28 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 January 2004
... the nation’s legitimate economy. Bernard de Mandeville, for example, in his ambivalently serious and satiric A Modest Defence of Publick Stews: Or, An Essay upon Whoring (London: A. Moore, 1724), asserted that “Whoring” tempted men and women “to live beyond what their Circumstances will admit...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 106–110.
Published: 01 January 2009
... that what counts is less inno- vation than variation, the small but interesting differences that sustain a liter- ary form across a long duration. We are not accustomed to thinking in such modest terms, because the bold, generally unsustainable claims of historicists, ideology critics, and cultural...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 57–88.
Published: 01 September 2017
..., the “beatus ille” or “happy man” tradition: “Beatus ille qui procul negotiis / ut prisca gens mortalium / solutus omni faenore, ” and so on. Happy is the man who has his own rural home in his beloved nation, a 64   Eighteenth-Century Life small plot of land far from urban excess, and a modest loving...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (2): 29–55.
Published: 01 April 2007
.... The anti-prostitution tract Some Considerations Upon Street-Walkers (1726) also marshaled classical examples to propose sumptuary laws for streetwalk- ers.60 As Jenny Distaff notes in her correction to Woolpack’s reference, The Linen Spinster, Lycurgus’s “intent was to caution modest Matrons against...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (1): 99–101.
Published: 01 January 2008
.... Keymer and Sabor claim at the outset that they wish to focus not so much on the key players—Richardson and Fielding—as on their “neglected allies and rivals,” presenting the “plenitude and range” of minor players in the Pamela vogue (2). They succeed, but their claim is far too modest. The book...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 216–260.
Published: 01 April 2023
... poems is a modest notebook, approximately 9 x 7 inches, on inexpensive paper and with a paper cover. Not surprisingly, it shows signs of wear from use and probably from exposure to wind and weather. Although they do not include any drafts of his major poem, The Shipwreck , they provide insight...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 116–118.
Published: 01 April 2015
..., and commonality” of this most diffuse of substances (1). Her monograph, by contrast, resembles Boyle’s infamous pump that first brought “the spring of air” under observation: at a modest 250 pages, it is ambitious, compressed, and admirably contained. Lewis explains that “air became visible” after...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (1): 100–102.
Published: 01 January 2007
...: Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 2006). Pp. 294. 9 ills. $20 paper. ISBN 0-87328-202-7 Primer, Irwin. Bernard Mandeville’s “A Modest Defence of Publick Stews”: Prostitution and Its Discontents in Early Georgian England (New York: Palgrave, 2006). Pp. 208. $65. ISBN 1-4039-7166-8. $22.95...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 67–70.
Published: 01 January 2009
... of the later period is about Jonathan Swift, whose works made him, as Carpenter claims, a national hero, The Drapier’s Letters, A Modest Proposal, and The Intelligencer still read for the incise ferocity of their arguments. Beyond this, the sheer physicality of pro- duction can be appreciated...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (1): 29–42.
Published: 01 January 2001
... to Frome is the misleading impres- sion given in my opening quotation from the “Life” of Rowe, which was printed with her posthumous Miscellaneous Works in 1739. The image of Rowe presented there and elsewhere by her biographers is of a pious and modest woman...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2000) 24 (3): 31–52.
Published: 01 September 2000
... the two: Modest at home, upon the stage more bold, We seem warm lovers, though our breasts be cold; A fault committed here deserves no scorn, If we act well the parts to which we’re born.9 Waller...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (2): 68–80.
Published: 01 April 2008
..., and forcing his readers to join him in a criti- cal reading of the pseudonymous Gulliver’s Travels, the anonymous Modest Proposal, and of the anonymous hack author’s A Tale of a Tub. G Another curmudgeonly public intellectual, Christopher Hitchens, has noticed more...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (2): 81–115.
Published: 01 April 2001
... taste moved sharply in the opposite direction, toward the conservative, the modest, the understated, and the inexpensive. In order to see his artistic develop- ment more clearly, then, I shall focus not on the completed buildings, except insofar as they differ...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (3): 1–28.
Published: 01 September 2011
... to preserve the past gave him the liberty to direct his energies toward the present. In polemical tracts like The Conduct of the Allies (1711), The Drapier’s Letters (1724 – 25), and A Modest Proposal (1729), Swift concerned himself not with his own posterity, per se, but with that of all England...