Journal Author: W. B. Hutchings

William Cowper, Hope, lines 75-110

To rise at noon, sit slipshod and undressed, To read the news or fiddle as seems best, Till half the world comes rattling at his door, To fill the dull vacuity till four, And just when evening turns the blue vault grey, To spend two hours in dressing for the day, 80 To make the

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Book Reviews

Thomas Simmons, Imperial Affliction: Eighteenth-Century British Poets and Their Twentieth-Century Lives. New York etc.: Peter Lang, 2010. (Postcolonial Studies 11). xiii + 182pp. ISBN 978-1-4331-0872-3. W. B. Hutchings Thomas Simmons’s Imperial Affliction is an intimate and personal study of a number of eighteenth-century poets (and prose writers) and some of their modern readers. It is

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Cowper and Conversation

‘To my taste, the most fruitful and most natural exercise of our minds is conversation’, said Montaigne (‘Le plus fructueux et naturel exercice de notre esprit, c’est à mon gré la conference’).1 Many an eighteenth-century writer would have agreed, including, I would hazard, Cowper. Soon after he met Lady Austen in July 1781 when he

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William Cowper, ‘The Poplar-Field’

William Cowper, ‘The Poplar-Field’ B. Hutchings New: watch this short film taken at the location of ‘The Poplar-Field’ by the Cowper & Newton Museum The Poplars are fell’d, farewell to the shade And the whispering sound of the cool colonnade, The winds play no longer and sing in the leaves, Nor Ouse on his bosom their image

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Neil Curry, William Cowper: A Revaluation

Cowper and Newton Journal Book Review Neil Curry, William Cowper:  A Revaluation.  London:  Greenwich Exchange, 2015.  278 pp.  ISBN:  978-1-906075-86-6. £16.99 (pbk) B. Hutchings A new critical biography of William Cowper is an event to be welcomed.  Neil Curry is very well qualified to be its author.  In 2011 Greenwich Exchange published his Six Eighteenth-Century

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