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Title: Journeying in the eighteenth-century British verse epistle
Authors: Overton, W.J.
Keywords: Travel
Letter
Correspondence
Epistolary
Mobility
Literary communications
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Citation: OVERTON, W.J., 2009. Journeying in the eighteenth-century British verse epistle. Studies in Travel Writing, 13 (1), pp. 3-25.
Abstract: Eighteenth-century Britain saw dramatic developments in travel and communications. As travel became easier, so too did correspondence by letter. This article explores the representation of various kinds of travel in the verse epistle, a kind of writing that has received little attention from travel historians. Discussing 25 examples written during the century, it argues that these offer evidence of particular value, partly because as letters they often engage in dialogic relationships with their addressees, and partly because they are also poems. The examples, some of which are very little known, represent all forms of travel at the period and over a striking range of distances. They demonstrate the development of a modern form of mobility and the adaptation of an existing literary form for its representation.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13645140802611317
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/4253
Publisher Link: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a908686717~frm=titlelink
ISSN: 1364-5145
1755-7550
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