There has been a great revival of interest in the writings of Cicero, one of the most important Latin prose writers; his letters have remained unaccountably neglected, save for basic textual and explanatory work, and for detailed history. This study shows that Cicero's letters should be regarded as artistic works, the artistry no less real for being bound up with personal situations. With close analyses, extensive use of contemporary literature, and a new
understanding of the role of rhythm in the letters, Prof Hutchinson reveals the value of approaching the letters as writing. Such an approach will be found of significance for history as well as literature. All Latin in the text is translated. translated.
`Cicero's Correspondence is the first thoughtful study of Cicero's letters for more than a generation, a huge advance (in common sense as much as in sophisticated theory) on anything written about them before.'
`A unique historical document ... Written with verve and accuracy, trenchant elegance, insight, and wit, the book shows, persuasively, how Cicero remained the master stylist even when addressing an audience of one ... A scholarly book for scholars and graduate students.'
C. F. Konrad, Religious Studies Review
`with this volume Hutchinson initiates literary debate about Cicero's epistolary collection.'
A. M. Keith, CHOICE
`thematically organized ... many will be able to use the book as a starting-point for research on common epistolary themes ... enthusiastic explorations into this largely undiscovered world of texts.'
Jennifer Ebbeler, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1998.11.43
`Throughout, Hutchinson's clear and commonsensical approach makes this valuable reading not only for the specialist but for anyone interested in literary aspects of letters. Particularly welcome to the non-specialist will be Hutchinson's decision to keep discussion of scholarly controversies to a minimum, and that relegated to the footnotes ... the greatest contribution of this book consists in Hutchinson's approach, which represents a sensitive and
perspicuous application of a similar thesis to Cicero's letters.'
Ann Vasaly, Boston University, Classical World, June 1999