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A 2 volume 1800 edition of Radcliffe’s Romance of the Forest Written near a port on a dark evening Huge vapours vapours brood above the clifted shore, Night on the Ocean settles, dark and mute, Save where is heard the repercussive roar Of drowsy billows, on the rugged foot Or rocks remote; or still more […]

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Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806), A Young scholar (1777-78) — there is no good authoritative picture of Radcliffe, but she was a reading girl Dear friends and readers, As part of my translation study project, I’ve read Pierre Arnaud’s famous study of Radcliffe. I’ve started it several times, but never got past the opening biography and initial […]

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Claude GellĂ©e, dit le Lorrain (1600-82), Landscape with Psyche, better known as The Enchanted Castle (1664) — it’s not really enchanted but forbidding Dear friends and readers, I’ve been back from the South Central ASECS at Asheville, North Carolina for two weeks now and not yet begun posting on the good time I had there. […]

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John Singer Sergeant’s portrait of Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth Dear friends and readers, I’m now into Sandra Richards’s important The Rise of the English Actress, and am chuffed to be able to say at long last I’ve discovered it was in the mid-19th century that the tide began to turn for actresses and they […]

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Christian Wilhelm Dietrich, Landscape with Bridge Dear friends and readers, I rejoice to report that I’ve finished my Ann Radcliffe paper: “‘What are men to rocks and mountains?’”: The content of Ann Radcliffe’s Landscapes” (see proposal). It takes something under 21 minutes to read and if anyone is interested in it, I’d gladly share it […]

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Elizabeth Bennet (Elizabeth Garvey) brooding over how wrong she has been: she has had postures like this since she read Darcy’s first letter about mid-point in the mini-series Elizabeth Bennet stands up to and defies Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Judy Parfitt) (1979 BBC P&P by Fay Weldon) Dear friends and readers, Late yesterday afternoon I […]

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Our books, dear Book Browser, are a comfort, a presence, a diary of our lives. What more can we say?” — owner of private library in Mary Swann Dear friends and readers, I found myself remembering Carol Shields’s Mary Swann the other day. On Sharp-l (a list-serv devoted to book history) someone asked for the […]

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I am no prisoner now in a vile house. I am not now in the power of that man’s devices. I am not now obliged to hide myself in corners for fear of him — Clarissa, Thursday, June 20th Clarissa accosted, arrested, shamed in the public streets for debt (1991 BBC Clarissa, scripted David Nokes) […]

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Watteau, The Serenade Day 8/10 of books that influenced me, had a discernible impact. (For Day 7/10, Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale). When I was around 17 or 18 years old, I was in a used bookstore in Manhattan called the Argosy. It was on 59th Street, near the corner of Lexington Avenue. How I got there […]

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Detail of Murray’s face from painting by John Singleton Copley A print of Foster’s face under a large hat Friends and readers, The last of this set of foremother blogs: two women writers, very enjoyable to read: Judith Sargent Murray and Hannah Webster Foster; and several others whose lives show the American colonialist environment: Susannah […]

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