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Recollections of a Literary Life 3 Volume Set

Better known for her five volume portrait of English rural life, Our Village, Mary Russell Mitford (1787-1855) was one of the most prolific female writers of her day. Part critical essay, part autobiography, Recollections consists of a series of sketches on and selections from Mitford's favourite authors, stemming from her desire 'to make others relish a few favourite writers as heartily as I have relished them myself'. The collection is arranged according to Mitford's own eclectic system of categorization including 'fashionable poets', 'cavalier poets', and 'poetry that poets love'. Mitford wears her immense literary skill lightly and Recollections is masterfully written, full of lively wit and fascinating biographical detail. Published just three years before Mitford's death, it was based on earlier articles and letters. Authors included range from Chaucer to Sir Walter Scott and Mitford's friend Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
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Volume 1: Preface; 1. Various authors - Percy's Reliques; 2. Irish authors - Thomas Davis, John Banim; 3. Authors associated with places - Thomas Noel; 4. Old authors - Abraham Cowley; 5. Comic poets - J. Anstey; 6. American poets - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; 7. Authors sprung from the people - Thomas Holcroft; 8. Authors associated with places - Beaumont and Fletcher; 9. Fashionable poets - Winthrop Macworth Praed; 10. Peasant poets - John Clare; 11. Authors associated with places - Samuel Johnson; 12. Old poets - Robert Herrick, George Withers; 13. Female poets - Joanna Baillie, Catherine Fanshawe; 14. Married poets - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning; 15. Prose pastorals - Sir Philip Sydney's Arcadia, Isaac Walton's Complete Angler. Volume 2: 1. Spanish ballads; 2. Female poets - Miss Blamire, Mrs. James Gray; 3. American orators - Daniel Webster; 4. Old authors - Ben Jonson; 5. Fashionable poets - William Robert Spencer; 6. Autobiography of dramatic authors - Colley Cibber, Richard Cumberland; 7. Female poets - Mrs. Clive, Mrs. Acton Tindal, Miss Day, Mrs. Robert Dering; 8. Cavalier poets - Richard Lovelace, Roger l'Estrange, The Marquis of Montrose; 9. Poetry that poets love - Walter Savage Landor, Leigh Hunt, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats; 10. Authors associated with places - Christopher Anstey; 11. American poets - John Greenleaf Whittier, Fitz-Greene Halleck; 12. Voluminous authors - Hargrave's State Trials; 13. Fishing songs - Mr. Doubleday, Miss Corbett; 14. Authors associated with places - John Kenyon. Volume 3: 1. Authors associated with places - Thomas Chatterton, Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth; 2. American poets - Oliver Wendell Holmes; 3. Letters of authors - Samuel Richardson; 4. Fine single poems - Sir Walter Scott, &c.; 5. Authors associated with places - W. C. Bennett; 6. Irish authors - Gerald Griffin; 7. Mock-heroic poetry - John Hookham Frere; 8. Authors associated with places - Lord Clarendon, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Hughes; 9. Unrecognised poets - George Darley, the Rev. Edward William Barnard; 10. American prose writers - Nathaniel Hawthorne; 11. Old poets - Andrew Marvel; 11. Scottish poets - William Motherwell; 13. Great prose writers - Lord Bacon, John Milton, Jeremy Taylor, John Ruskin.

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