Horace Walpole's "Miscellany" 1786-1795

Horace Walpole; Edited by Lars E. Troide

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September 10, 1978
216 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
ISBN: 9780300021059
Cloth

The Miscellany is Horace Walpole's third and last "book of materials," or literary notebook. Laris Troide has supplied here a transcription of that text together with an introduction and extensive notes providing the historical, cultural, and literary contexts of Walpole's jottings. The text and notes together give the reader a detailed look at eighteenth-century life and thought.

"Lars Troide's fine lengthy annotation helps us map the odyssey of this latter day Augustan who, calling poetry 'a beautifully way of spoiling prose,' brought to bear the standards of a vanished world on the last decade of the 18th century."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"Making entries in his Miscellany occupied Walpole from 1786 until two years before his death in 1797. The Miscellany is here published for the first time in its entirety, and it should enhance the already lustrous reputation of one of the keenest observers of 18th-Century English life and culture. With its range of comments on literary, historical, artistic, antiquarian, and social topics—all rendered with characteristic Walpolian piquancy—this volume will exercise a broad appeal to scholars and critics."—Library Journal

"In presenting Walpole's Miscellany in a fully annotated, complete edition, Troide has provided a book valuable to Walpole scholars and useful to all scholars concerned with 18th-century English history and society. His exhaustive notes, reflecting great learning and industry, provide the context of Walpole's intellectual life for 1786-95. . . . An able introduction brings together the strains of walpole variety of interests and expertise in this commonplace book, which by its nature is a mixture of serious, scholarly, witty, and trivial materials. For the student interested in Walpole the man, particularly the aging man, the book shows him off guard much more than do the famous letters. A valuable addition to Walpole scholarship, which should be in graduate libraries."—Choice
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