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The Life and Poems of Anne Hunter: Haydn's Tuneful Voice Edited b
The Life and Poems of Anne Hunter: Haydn's Tuneful Voice Edited b
The Life and Poems of Anne Hunter: Haydn's Tuneful Voice Edited b
The Life and Poems of Anne Hunter: Haydn's Tuneful Voice Edited b
The Life and Poems of Anne Hunter: Haydn's Tuneful Voice Edited b
The Life and Poems of Anne Hunter: Haydn's Tuneful Voice Edited b
The Life and Poems of Anne Hunter: Haydn's Tuneful Voice Edited b

The Life and Poems of Anne Hunter: Haydn's Tuneful Voice - Edited by Caroline Grigson

Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Number 56 in the series. Signed by the author, with dedication, on the first blank page — without provenance — with a laid in ms. to Donald Thomas (author, from his estate). Includes: Chronological tables (1); List of abbreviations; Frontispiece;

From the cover: “Ane Home Hunter (1741 — 1821) was one of the most successful song-writers of the second half of the eighteenth century, most famously as the lyricist for many of Haydn’s songs. However, her work, which included many more serious, lyrical and romantic poems, has been largely forgotten. This book contains over 200 poems, some published in her lifetime under her married name ‘Mrs John Hunter’, some attributed only to ‘a Lady’, and most importantly many transcribed from her manuscripts, housed in various archives and in a private collection, which are now collected for the first time. Hitherto Anne Hunter has been known almost entirely through her Poems, published in 1802. In her Introduction Isobel Armstrong argues that Anne Hunter saw this book as a definitive representation of her poetry. Besides her consummately skilful lyrics and songs it contains serious political odes and reflective poems.

A long biographical essay by Caroline Grigson details Anne Hunter’s marriage to the famous anatomist John Hunter, with whom she lived in great style, latterly as a bluestocking hostess, until his death in 1793. The account of Anne’s life describes her relationships with her family; her niece, the playwright Joanna Baillie; and her friends, who included Angelica Kauffman (who painted her portrait) and the bluestocking Elizabeth Carter. Of especial interest is the discovery of a previously unrecorded visit that Haydn made to her during his second London visit when she was living as an impoverished widow in Blackheath. Expertly researched, Grigson’s book sets Anne Hunter’s oeuvre in the political and social context of the time and will fascinate scholars of literature and music alike.”


Foreword or introduction by Isobel Armstrong. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Liverpool English Texts & Studies series. (xvii) 286 pages.

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