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Title: An edition of the selected letters of Samuel Rogers
Author: May, Charlotte
ISNI:       0000 0004 6494 3745
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis offers an edition of the selected letters of the poet Samuel Rogers (1763-1855). Rogers was a member of extensive social networks in the late eighteenth and early to mid- nineteenth centuries. The Introduction looks at how the study of correspondence reveals the author to be an individual actively engaged in sociability. The content of a letter, its intended recipient, and the format of the letter itself, reveals the intricacies of the cultivation of sociability. The letter fulfils four crucial functions: to inform the recipient, thank them, ask a request of them, and create future opportunities for sociability, demonstrating the multi-faceted role of correspondence. Chapter One, ‘Rogers’s Reputation’, examines the history of Rogers’s critical reputation, which is particularly pertinent in this project which seeks to reinstate Rogers in current conversations on eighteenth and nineteenth century poets. Chapter Two, ‘Rogers and his Correspondents’, follows on from this by demonstrating how Rogers’s correspondence sheds light on professional, political and literary identities for both men and women in society. These chapters which recover Rogers’s reputation and highlight his role in the professional development of his acquaintances, are followed by the edition of the selected letters of Samuel Rogers, including the editorial methodology for the transcriptions, the footnoted letters themselves, and concludes with summative biographies of the correspondents included in this edition. A list of all of the letters written by Rogers which have come to light during this project, are included as the appendix.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: PR English literature