New Letters to the Tatler and Spectator

Paperback | February 1, 2012

EditorRichmond P. Bond

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Ninety-six letters to the Tatler and the Spectator, representing what is probably the largest extant body of unpublished material relating directly to the two journals, appeared for the first time in print in this book.

The original letters were not published in the Tatler or the Spectator, but they were preserved by the editors and eventually found their way into the Marlborough and the Tickell collections. They have been prepared for publication and edited, with notes and an introduction, by an authority in the field of early periodicals.

The letters will be of especial interest to students of early eighteenth-century England, for few literary forms more clearly reflect the times in which they are written than the letter, particularly the letter to the editor. A wide range of writers is represented—the inarticulate and the witty, the serving maid and the gentleman. Subject matter is equally diverse, including such topics as women's petticoats, free thinking, the state lottery, the nuisance of a smoking wife, cock-throwing, and Platonic love.

Why the letters were not published in the Tatler or the Spectator is a matter for conjecture. Some of them were apparently used by Addison or Steele as topics for essays. Occasionally a letter was received or rewritten by the editors and printed in an altered form. Whatever the reason for their survival, these letters will be of value to students of language and literary journalism, social conditions, and popular philosophy.

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Ninety-six letters to the Tatler and the Spectator, representing what is probably the largest extant body of unpublished material relating directly to the two journals, appeared for the first time in print in this book.The original letters were not published in the Tatler or the Spectator, but they were preserved by the editors and eve...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292739877

ISBN - 13:9780292739871

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IntroductionLetters to the TATLER1. Follies of the Town2. An Experience with Sharpers3. A Threat from a Sharper4. Dental Hygiene5. Support for Bickerstaff against Sharpers6. Virtue and Riches7. Extempore Prayers8. Love for Mr. Bickerstaff9. Dexterous Ways of News Writers10. Usher at the Table of Fame11. Cure of the Spleen12. Canes in a Public House13. The Speaking Doctor of Kensington14. A Rich Quaker Lady15. A Pious Widow16. Platonic Love by Correspondence17. Verses to Be Prefixed to the Tatler18. Truthful Writing19. Exportation of Grain20. Lively Dead Men21. Women as Scandalmongers22. Seduction of Young Virgins23. Rum Fellows24. An Accident with a Cane25. Reprinting of the Tat1er26. Rules about Laughter27. Request for the Tatler28. Lashing Attorneys29. Abuse of the Law30. Letting of Chambers to a Tradesman31. Noise and Knockers32. Matrimonial Prerogatives33. Ladies’ Riding Habits34. Wide Quilted Petticoats35. Funeral of a Sharper36. Bickerstaff’s Breaking of His Word37. Petition of Lacemen38. Drama and Opera39. Opera40. An Injured Author41. A Glister Driver42. Troubles of a Servant Maid43. A Visit to a Country Relation44. A Vision of Love45. A Lustful Sea Captain46. Gratitude and Noble Resolutions47. Reason and Religion48. Humble Thanks from the Chanticleers49. Ladies’ Paint and Cock-Knocking50. Gaming, Elections, and Women’s Portions51. Scholarships for Boys52. Revenge of an Injured Mistress53. A Noisy Knight54. Intelligence from Edinburgh55. False Report of Marriage56. Abuse of Credit by Noblemen57. Characters of Dr. Sacheverell58. Servants as Guardians59. “Good Mr. Bickerstaff”60. A Smoking Wife61. Petticoats62. Ladies’ Letters to Men63. A Lover’s Disappointment64. Request to Answer Former Letters65. Love and Coquetry66. Request to Insert a Former Letter67. A Quarrel between Fencing Masters68. Promotion of Cook to Barkeeper69. A Married Woman’s Dilemma70. FriendshipLetters to the SPECTATOR71. An Overbearing Father72. A Lady with Two Suitors73. “Follow Nature”74. Multiplication Table and Beau at Bath75. A Vicious Friend76. The Death of a Beloved Wife77. Text from Lucan and Verses to Mr. Spectator78. A Truthful Tradesman79. Ladies as Landlords80. An Impatient Lover81. A Lottery Hoax82. Divine Verses83. Inequality of Souls84. Advancement of Virtue85. Understanding and Counsel86. Religion and Charity87. Marriage for Money88. A Club of Corporal Wits89. Chiromancy90. A Lover’s Repentance91. Love Casuistry92. Choice of Employment93. The Ruin of a Young Lady94. The Joining of Two Souls95. An Alchemist96. An Intimation of Immortality