Charlotte Lennox: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Documents by Norbert Schürer

By Norbert Schürer

This quantity compiles and annotates for the 1st time the whole correspondence of the eighteenth-century British writer Charlotte Lennox, top recognized for her novel The woman Quixote. Lennox corresponded with recognized contemporaries from various walks of lifestyles resembling James Boswell, David Garrick, Samuel Johnson, and Sir Joshua Reynolds, and she or he interacted with many different influential figures together with her patroness the Countess of Bute, writer Andrew Millar, and the Reverend Thomas Winstanley. as well as Lennox’s and her correspondents’ letters, this publication offers comparable files equivalent to the author’s proposals for subscription variants of her works, her dossier with the Royal Literary Fund, and a sequence of poems and tales supposedly composed by way of her son yet might be written by way of herself. In those rigorously and generally annotated files, Charlotte Lennox lines the vagaries within the occupation of a feminine author within the male-dominated eighteenth-century literary marketplace.

The creation situates Lennox within the context of contemporaneous print tradition and in particular examines the contentious query of the authorship of The girl Quixote, Lennox’s experimentation with quite a few types of e-book, and her appeals for charity to the Royal Literary Fund whilst she used to be impoverished in the direction of the top of her existence. the writer who emerges from Charlotte Lennox was once an energetic, assertive, leading edge, and self sufficient girl searching for her place—and make a literary career—in eighteenth-century Britain. therefore, this quantity makes a huge contribution to the historical past of girl authorship, literary heritage, and eighteenth-century studies.

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