Autobiography, Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale) (2nd ed.) (2 vols.): Edited with notes and Introductory Account of her life and writings

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DigiCat, 2022 M09 4 - 249 pages
Hester Lynch Piozzi's 'Autobiography, Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi' provides readers with a firsthand account of the author's life, experiences, and relationships. The book is written in a personal and intimate style, allowing readers to deeply connect with Piozzi's narrative. Piozzi's literary context as a prominent figure in 18th-century British literature adds depth and significance to her writings, making this work a valuable contribution to the study of women's autobiographical writing of the time. The inclusion of letters and literary remains further enriches the text, offering insights into Piozzi's thoughts and creative process. Overall, the book is a compelling exploration of a remarkable woman's life and legacy. Hester Lynch Piozzi's colorful life, including her relationships with Samuel Johnson and her second husband Gabriel Mario Piozzi, likely inspired her to write this comprehensive autobiography. As a celebrated writer and thinker of her time, Piozzi's reflections and literary output are both insightful and captivating. Her unique outlook on life and her connections to literary circles make her autobiography a valuable resource for scholars interested in the history of women's writing and intellectual life. I highly recommend 'Autobiography, Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi' to readers interested in women's autobiographical writing, 18th-century British literature, and the intersection of personal experience and creativity. Piozzi's engaging narrative style and rich content make this book a fascinating read for anyone looking to delve into the life of a remarkable literary figure.

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Thrales Embarrassments and Johnsons Advice7274
Johnson at Streatham after Thrales Death161
Johnson fond of riding in a Carriage but a bad Traveller8081
Johnson as Executor138
Mrs MontaguMr Crutchley143144
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Parting with Piozzi193195
Objections to her Second Marriage discussed227230
Verses to him on his Departure206
Correspondence with Johnson217219
Correspondence with Madame DArblay on the Marriage231
Peter Pindar287289
Miss Sewards Impressions of her and Piozzi307

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Hester Lynch Piozzi (born Hester Lynch Salusbury and formerly known as Hester Thrale) was an influential British diarist, author, and patron of the arts, living during the eighteenth century. Her autobiographical works and extensive correspondence provide a vibrant depiction of Johnsonian London. Piozzi's 'Autobiography, Letters and Literary Remains of Mrs. Piozzi (Thrale)' offers a rare introspective look into the life of a woman entwined with the literary and social circles of her time. Born in 1741 into the Welsh gentry, she married Henry Thrale, a wealthy brewer, and became a close friend of Samuel Johnson. Her home became a hub for literary figures, and her observations on Johnson and others were compiled posthumously into the referenced second edition of her literary remains by Abraham Hayward in 1861, which is a testament to her wit, intellect, and her role as a commentator on and participant in the vibrant cultural life of her era. Skillfully blending literary criticism, social commentary, and personal anecdotes, her writing is marked by its conversational tone and warmth, capturing the dynamics of her relationships with key literary figures of her time.

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