An essay by Pamela Clemit, ‘Letters and Journals’, has been accepted for publication in The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, ed. David Duff (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2017).
What message do these letters convey? In each case, the writer has made an effort to gratify a particular individual. He or she has focused his attention on that individual for a substantial amount of time, perhaps several hours. The value which the letter conveys is the value of ‘regard’…. The effort of a letter-writer goes beyond a grant of attention: he or she also seeks to communicate a signal which is crafted uniquely for the recipient.
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