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The letters of Cowper stand high among all the letters that have survived from 18th century England. It was a great age of correspondence, as it was of conversation, and many would say that for intimacy and charm Cowper out-distanced his rivals. He revealed himself in his letters as few men ever have; and he had much to reveal. He wrote his poetry to forget his sufferings, and in a measure he conducted his correspondence with the same motive in mind. Yet the whole of this correspondence includes a frank, full record of his most secret terrors; and it is the distinction of the present volume that it offers to plain view, as many such selections do not.
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"Cowper was one of the most engaging correspondents of the 18th century, and his letters shine with the lucid, simple, and precise style that characterizes the best of his poetry....This selection...admirably evinces the quality of the poet's letters....The volume is beautifully edited and printed."--Virginia Quarterly Review
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