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Category: All Categories: Literature: English: English Memoirs, Letters
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The Letters and Epigrams of Sir John Harington together with The Prayse of Private Life
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1930 Philadelphia, PA.
Book. Book condition: Good. No Jacket. Hardcover 8vo - over 7 - 9" tall FIRST EDITION! Edited and with an introduction by Norman Egbert McClure; foreword by Felix E. Schelling. "Sir John Harington is remembered in the books for his translation of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, for his fine 'defence of poetry' in the introduction to that work, for his many witty epigrams, for his gossipy letters, and for the scandal, even in his own time, attending a book of his with an atrocious punning title in which he honestly advocated the introduction of a simple mechanical device, since universally adopted, but in which he set forth his argument in terms so ingeniously gross, if at times perversely learned, that he has deserved the consequent neglect, if not altogether the obloquy, into which his name has fallen. With The Metamorphosis of Ajax we have happily nothing to do. In 1926 the Epigrams were edited in a scholarly and definitive edition by Professor McClure, and it is gratifying here to record that the demand for that edition justifies the inclusion of the Epigrams in the present volume.. In the ensuing volume Professor McClure has collected sixty-two letters of Sir John Harington. Nineteen of these appeared in Harrington's Nugae Antiquae (1779, 1804); and a few others in the Reports of the HIstorical Manuscripts Commission, and elsewhere. The remainder are here printed for the first time from manuscripts, most of them in Harington's own handwriting. They range in point of date from 1571, when Harington was a child of ten writing from Eton, to the year 1612, when the writer had as yet but a few months to live. Their quality for wit, vivacity, and shrewd comment on the manners of his age has long been recognized; and the reputation of Harington as a letter-writer will lose nothing by these additions. The other prose of the volume is a treatise entitled The Prayse of Private Life. It is less a translation than a treatise inspired by Prtrarch's De Vita Solitaria, of which there was apparently no Elizabethan translation. In his text Harington follows Petrarch's general plan and paraphrases the original in certain passages, discanting with much freedom elsewhere. This tract is printed from a transcript of the manuscript presented by Samuel Daniel, the well-known court poet, to the Countess of Cumberland. It is nowhere so much as mentioned by historians of literature.As to the Epigrams, the writer of these introductory words feels that the alert and ready scholarship of the present editor leaves little for him to say. In the extensive and often illuminating literature of the epigram Sir John Harington will always find his place for his directness, his sagacious observation, his caustic outspokenness, and the flash of his ready wit." xv + 438 pages with index. Book is in GOOD or better condition. No dust jacket. This is a RARE title that is difficult to find!

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Browning, Robert & Julia Wedgwood edited by Richard Curle  
Robert Browning and Julia Wedgwood: A Broken Friendship as Revealed by Their Letters

Publisher: New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1937 1st Am. ed..
199pp. brown cloth 8vo: Very Good in a Good dj.

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Mosley, Diana  
A Life of Contrasts: The Autobiography of Diana Mosley

Publisher: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1984 1st ed. thus..
296pp. illus. paperback: Fine [text is lightly age browned; else a nice crisp copy] A remarkable autobiography by the British Fascist Mosley (1910-2003), originally published in 1977.

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Murry, John Middleton, 1889-1957. Hankin, C. A., (Cherry Anne), 1937- , editor  
The Letters of John Middleton Murry to Katherine Mansfield. Selected and Edited by C.A. Hankin
Publisher: London: Constable, 1983.
[vi], 394 p.; 22.5 cm. "This selection... alters [the] conception of Murry radically: [his letters] reveal him as a man deeply concerned about his wife..." ISBN (10): 053109801X. Stock#47328. Vg / dj vg.

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