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New Content at Romantic Circles: Anna Letitia Barbauld Letters to Lydia Rickards, 1798–1815

Romantic Circles: Anna Letitia Barbauld Letters to Lydia Rickards, 1798–1815

ed. William McCarthy

Romantic Circles is delighted to announce the publication of a new Electronic Edition: Anna Letitia Barbauld Letters to Lydia Rickards, 1798–1815 transcribed and edited by William McCarthy. Because most of Anna Letitia Barbauld’s unpublished papers were destroyed in the bombing of London, it long seemed that only the letters published by her niece, Lucy Aikin, in Barbauld's Works (1825) survived today. However, in 2011, by sheer good luck a series of forty-three letters from Barbauld to a pupil, Lydia Rickards, came to light. Five of those letters were instructional (Lydia was one of Barbauld's many pupils) and will appear in the collected works of Barbauld in progress from Oxford University Press. Thirty-eight others were social and sociable, and they are presented in this electronic edition that aims to reproduce as fully as practicable the characteristics of the holographs.

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