An edition of the selected letters of Samuel Rogers

May, Charlotte (2017) An edition of the selected letters of Samuel Rogers. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This thesis offers an edition of the selected letters of the poet Samuel Rogers (1763-1855). Rogers was a member of extensive social networks in the late eighteenth and early to mid- nineteenth centuries.

The Introduction looks at how the study of correspondence reveals the author to be an individual actively engaged in sociability. The content of a letter, its intended recipient, and the format of the letter itself, reveals the intricacies of the cultivation of sociability. The letter fulfils four crucial functions: to inform the recipient, thank them, ask a request of them, and create future opportunities for sociability, demonstrating the multi-faceted role of correspondence.

Chapter One, ‘Rogers’s Reputation’, examines the history of Rogers’s critical reputation, which is particularly pertinent in this project which seeks to reinstate Rogers in current conversations on eighteenth and nineteenth century poets. Chapter Two, ‘Rogers and his Correspondents’, follows on from this by demonstrating how Rogers’s correspondence sheds light on professional, political and literary identities for both men and women in society.

These chapters which recover Rogers’s reputation and highlight his role in the professional development of his acquaintances, are followed by the edition of the selected letters of Samuel Rogers, including the editorial methodology for the transcriptions, the footnoted letters themselves, and concludes with summative biographies of the correspondents included in this edition. A list of all of the letters written by Rogers which have come to light during this project, are included as the appendix.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Pratt, Lynda
Rounce, Adam
Keywords: Rogers, Samuel, 1763-1855--Correspondence; authors; english poets; correspondence; letters
Subjects: P Language and literature > PR English literature
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of English
Item ID: 45856
Depositing User: May, Charlotte
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 04:40
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 09:31
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/45856

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