Mary Sidney; Countess of Pembroke

Mary Sidney; Countess of Pembroke

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...can only conjecture. That this type of letter, sent with some sort of literary enclosure, was very self-conscious, and written according to a definite convention, is evident. Sir Tobie tells us in his Preface: And a certain wise and witty gentleman (Benjamin Buddyer) said well that if any carrier of London, going to Oxford or Cambridge, should chance to be robbed of his letters, by the way, a man would peradventure meet with more wit in that poor budget than in some whole book of foreign modern printed letters of some other nation. Angel Day's ' The English Secretorie, '3 which was first published in 1584 and went through numerous subsequent editions, furnishes us also with an elaborate and amusing corroboration of the pains devoted to such letters as these by 1 Letters, cit. supra, p. 91. 2 The quotations given here are from the edition published at London in 1595. Lady Pembroke, and of the conventions and artificialities considered necessary in their composition. This Elizabethan ' Complete Letter-writer' classifies ' all sorts of Epistles, ' tells us ' what is chieflie to bee respected in framing of an epistle, ' and analyses the ' habite and parts of an Epistle.' Letters, we are told, may be ' Demonstratiue, Deliberatiue, and Familiar, ' with the sub-classes ' Descriptorie, Laudatorie, Vituperatorie, Hortatorie, Swasorie, Conciliatorie, Commendatorie, Consolatorie, Reprehensorie, Amatorie, ' and so on. For each style we find a model, elaborate and often Euphuistic in style. Nor are the minutest details neglected. This' Order of farewel, ' for example, ' Wishing unto you and yours, as much happinesse, as my selfe am clogged with carefulnesse, I surcease, ' would surely form a highly effective close to almost any kind of letter. Here also is more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236617517
  • 9781236617514