The New Bath Guide

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 301 pages
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This illustrated edition of The New Bath Guide by Christopher Anstey is based on the Second Issue of the First Edition which was published in 1766. It includes two major additions made by the author, the «Epilogue and «A Charge to the Poets. It aims at widening the perspective on the eighteenth century by examining the work of a minor poet and challenges conventional assumptions about the scope of minor poetry. This series of satirical letters in verse written by the members of a provincial family staying in Georgian Bath provides an inexhaustible source of fun and has great sociological interest. Thanks to the individual and varied voices which are heard in this epistolary poem, a whole society in the making comes alive through the distorting mirror of satire. The introduction, notes and appendices throw new light on a once famous and provocative text and make extensive use of little-known material such as significant parts of the author's correspondence. They situate Anstey's work in its literary and historical contexts, by locating it at the junction of fiction and documentation, at a time of emergence, when new social codes were defined for a new society.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
A Note on the Text
77
LETTER I
85
LETTER III
95
Mr BNRD gives a Description of the BATHING
109
LETTER VII
115
Notes to The New Bath Guide
181
Appendices
267
List of Illustrations
301
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About the author (2010)

Annick Cossic is Professor of English at the University of Western Brittany (UBO, Brest, France). After completing her doctoral thesis on Christopher Anstey at the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle, she published a book on Georgian Bath, Bath au XVIIIe siecle: les fastes d'une cite palladienne (2000) and co-edited a volume on spas, Spas in Britain and in France in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (2006). She has written several articles on the eighteenth century.

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