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The Conway Letters : The Correspondence of Anne, Viscountess Conway, Henry More, and their Friends, 1642-1684 - Marjorie Hope Nicolson

The Conway Letters

The Correspondence of Anne, Viscountess Conway, Henry More, and their Friends, 1642-1684

By: Marjorie Hope Nicolson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 16th July 1992
ISBN: 9780198248767
Number Of Pages: 622

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Lady Anne Conway was a remarkable woman who became a philosopher in her own right at a time when most women were denied even basic education. The Conway Letters is the record of her friendship with the Cambridge Platonist Henry More, which began when he acted as her unofficial tutor in philosophy and lasted until her death in 1679. The letters cover a wide range of topics--personal, philosophical, religious, and social. They give a detailed picture of the More-Conway circle, including such figures as Jeremy Taylor, Ralph Cudworth, Robert Boyle, and Francis Mercury van Helmont, as well as Lady Conway's Quaker associates George Keith and William Penn. The letters are thus a valuable source for mid-seventeenth-century history, and especially for the intellectual history of the period.
This revised edition reprints all the letters from the original edition, published in 1930, together with Marjorie Nicolson's biographical account of Anne Conway and Henry More, with its emphasis on the personal side of their relationship. A new Appendix contains some important letters not included in the first edition, among them the early discussion of Cartesianism. The Introduction by Sarah Hutton sets the book in the context of recent scholarship.

Industry Reviews

`a treasure-trove from the 17th century, a collection of correspondence mostly to and from the remarkable Lady Anne Conway ... A whole world comes to life in these pages.' Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph 'excellent revised edition ... Sarah Hutton has managed to improve greatly ... a work of scholarship which has enjoyed a reputation as one of the most useful sources of insight into the intellectual and social life of late seventeenth-century England ... this superbly produced new edition will give libraries and the odd wealthy academic the opportunity to include it in their collections ... The Clarendon Press, and Sarah Hutton are to be congratulated ... for making available once again what always was one of the most important and stimulating works of scholarship on late seventeenth-century intellectual life, and for succeeding in making it even more useful than it was before.' John Henry, University of Edinburgh, British Journal for the History of Science, Volume 26, 1993

Introduction to the Revised Editionp. vii
List of Illustrations Between Pp. 290 and 291p. xx
Notes on the Illustrationsp. xxi
Prologuep. xxiii
Conway Lettersp. 1
Anne Conway and Henry Morep. 39
Interludes 1655-60p. 112
Ireland and Cambridgep. 170
Valentine Greatrakesp. 244
Francis Mercury Van Helmontp. 309
Quakerismp. 378
Sequelsp. 452
Letters of Henry More After the Death of the Viscountess Conwayp. 477
Letters Omitted Wholly or in Part from the 1930 Editionp. 484
p. 539
Indexp. 569
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ISBN: 9780198248767
ISBN-10: 0198248768
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 622
Published: 16th July 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 1.02