The Man of Feeling

Paperback | February 10, 2009

byHenry Mackenzie, Stephen BendingEditorBrian Vickers

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'a book I prize next to the Bible' Robert BurnsMackenzie's hugely popular novel of 1771 is the foremost work of the sentimental movement, in which sentiment and sensibility were allied with true virtue, and sensitivity is the mark of the man of feeling. The hero, Harley, is followed in a series of episodes demonstrating his benevolence in anuncaring world: he assists the down-trodden, loses his love, and fails to achieve worldly success. The novel asks a series of vital questions: what morality is possible in a complex commercial world? Does trying to maintain it make you a saint or a fool? Is sentiment merely a luxury for theleisured classes? This edition reprints Brian Vickers's authoritative text, with a new introduction that discusses the novel in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment and European sentimentalism.

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'a book I prize next to the Bible' Robert BurnsMackenzie's hugely popular novel of 1771 is the foremost work of the sentimental movement, in which sentiment and sensibility were allied with true virtue, and sensitivity is the mark of the man of feeling. The hero, Harley, is followed in a series of episodes demonstrating his benevolen...

Brian Vickers is Chair and Professor of English Literature at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:February 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019953862X

ISBN - 13:9780199538621

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