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An Honorable Alliance: The Friendship between James Beattie and Elizabeth Montagu, as Revealed by Her Letters / Caroline, Franklin

Huntington Library Quarterly, Volume: 81, Issue: 4, Pages: 497 - 511

Swansea University Author: Caroline, Franklin

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DOI (Published version): 10.1353/hlq.2018.0021

Abstract

The friendship between Elizabeth Montagu and James Beattie arose out of their shared desire to combat religious scepticism through promulgating English literature. Beattie as a poet and philosopher and Montagu as a critic of Shakespeare wanted to reinvigorate the moral health of the nation. Beattie...

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Published in: Huntington Library Quarterly
ISSN: 1544-399X
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa31697
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Abstract: The friendship between Elizabeth Montagu and James Beattie arose out of their shared desire to combat religious scepticism through promulgating English literature. Beattie as a poet and philosopher and Montagu as a critic of Shakespeare wanted to reinvigorate the moral health of the nation. Beattie was an impecunious academic and the wealthy Montagu his most important patron. This essay draws on Montagu’s unpublished correspondence to illustrate the business-like nature of their epistolary commerce, when in 1773 Beattie visited London to canvass support for a royal pension, having failed in his attempt to garner support for taking orders in the Anglican Church.
Item Description: 'Elizabeth Montagu: Friendship, Sociability, Literature and Commerce', a special issue of the Huntington Library Quarterly, ed. by Nicole Pohl to be published 2018
Keywords: James Beattie Elizabeth Montagu patronage correspondence
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 4
Start Page: 497
End Page: 511