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Fame and Fortune

This book examines the intellectual world of 1750s London through the prism of the controversial figure Sir John Hill (1714–1775)... more>

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Rachmaninoff's Cape

New York City in 1949. A poor, Jewish, eight-year old boy named George, who has shown remarkable talent on the piano, accidentally breaks his rich friend’s cello... more>

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The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

Peregrine Pickle is the most adventuresome of Tobias Smollett's novels and by far his most ambitious. In this scholarly edition, three decades in the making... more>

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The Notorious Sir John Hill

'George Rousseau's study of Sir John Hill is a once-in-a-lifetime treasure: beautifully told, splendidly illustrated, and painstakingly researched. John Hill comes alive in Rousseau's hands... more>

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Nervous Acts: Essays on Literature, Culture and Sensibility

'This collection of essays from 1969-93 explores the impact of anatomy and physiology on the Enlightenment "republic of letters". Nowadays phrases such as "shattered nerves" have a metaphoric meaning... more>

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Childhood Sexuality: From the Greeks to the Great War

Children and Sexuality probes the hidden relations between children and sexuality in case studies from the Greeks to the Great War. The cases revived extend from Alcibiades to Lewis Carroll, from the Ancient Greeks to the Victorians... more>

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Perilous Enlightenment

' … to be saluted; it confirms his standing as our leading explorer of the literature/medicine interface... more>

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The Letters and Papers of Sir John Hill

' … the basic materials for a reconsideration of that astonishing polymath of the eighteenth century, Sir John Hill... more>

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Yourcenar: Life & Times

'On the eve of the 100th anniversary of her birth Life & Times publishes a new biography of this magisterial writer of the twentieth century, the first woman to be admitted to the Académie Française... more>

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Tobias Smollett: Essays of Two Decades

'It must inspire a long overdue revival of interest in Smollett among scholars and general readers alike... more>

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