Autobiography, Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs Piozzi (Thrale): With Notes and an Introductory Account of Her Life and Writings

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Cambridge University Press, 2013 M05 6 - 494 pages
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Highly educated and accustomed to intellectual society, the writer Hester Lynch Piozzi (1741-1821) became a close friend of Samuel Johnson through her first husband, the brewer Henry Thrale. Her second marriage, to the Italian musician Gabriel Mario Piozzi in 1784, estranged her from Johnson, but following his death she published her groundbreaking Anecdotes of the Late Samuel Johnson, anticipating Boswell's biography. In addition to publishing essays, memoirs, poetry and travel diaries, she was one of the first women to produce works on philology and history. Edited by the essayist Abraham Hayward (1801-84) and incorporating correspondence and other writings, this two-volume work offers a valuable insight into the life of an important woman of letters and how she was perceived by contemporaries and posterity. Reissued here is the enlarged second edition of 1861. Volume 2 presents her autobiographical writings together with marginalia, letters and poetry.

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Contents

Extracts from Conway MS
30
Thrales Illness
37
Dr Collier
43
First Acquaintanoe with Piozzi
49
Foreign Tour
56
Residence in Italy
63
Minor Marginal Notes on the Two Volumes of Printed
75
Marginal Notes on Wraxalls Historical Memoirs
89
Asheri
181
Character of Thrale
188
A Frightful Story
194
Ode to Society
203
Occasional Verses
210
Letters to the Rev Daniel Lysons and S Lysons Esq
217
Letters to Dr Robert Gray
248
Miss Wynnes Oommonplace Book
276

Marginal Notes on Boswells Life of Johnson
123
Marginal Notes on Johnsons Lives of the Poets
132
The Three Warnings
165
Miscellaneous Letters principally to Sir James Fellowes
285
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