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By Rebecca Earle

This quantity of ten essays discusses the pivotal function that letters have performed in social, financial and political historical past from the 17th to the 20th century. the hot scholarly curiosity within the heritage of examining has as but yielded few stories which think of letters as a class of readable fabric. The members to this ebook search to redress this oversight, viewing letters as texts which may display details, not just approximately their writers and readers, yet concerning the wider old context during which they have been written. issues lined contain the mercantile letter, diplomatic correspondence, and what those epistolary kinds recommend concerning the upward push of a well mannered, literate tradition within the eighteenth century; the event of immigration from Europe to the United States throughout the 19th and 20th centuries; the connection in the course of the letter; and the operating of gender within the epistolary shape. Rebecca Earle presents an outline of the way the examine of letter-writing can open up new avenues of ancient in addition to literary research. This, including contributions shape major foreign students, makes Epistolary Selves an important textual content for these studying the letter genre.

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