Amanda Vickery: Letter-Writing
4 November 2010
Show More The Pen and the People: English Letter-Writers 1660-1800 by Susan Whyman.
Oxford, 400 pp., £30, October 2009, 978 0 19 953244 5Show More
Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters by Dena Goodman.
Cornell, 408 pp., £24.50, June 2009, 978 0 8014 7545 0Show More
“... and cultural implications of all this are explored in two magisterial new books, each based on a decade of research. The different spin the authors put on developments is captured in their titles. DenaGoodman’s elegant study, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters, charts the way literate and privileged (though not necessarily noble) French women colonised letter-writing, which was ...”