The Commonplace Book of William Byrd II of Westover - Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia (Paperback)Kenneth A. Lockridge (editor)
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Edited and presented here for the first time, Byrd's commonplace book is a collection of moral wit and wisdom gleaned from reading and conversation. The nearly six hundred entries range in tone from hope to despair, trust to dissimulation, and reflect on issues as varied as science, religion, women, Alexander the Great, and the perils of love. A ten-part introduction presents an overview of Byrd's life and addresses such topics as his education and habits of reading and his endeavors to understand himself sexually, temperamentally, and religiously, as well as the history and cultural function of commonplacing. Extensive annotations discuss the sources, background, and significance of the entries.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 19 mm
Edition: New edition
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