"A fortune of Paper walls": The letters of Francis Bacon and the Earl of Essex

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Abstract

The art of letter writing in the early modern period comprised more than textual composition alone. This article studies the letters of Francis Bacon and the Earl of Essex in the period of the latter's fall from favour. The letters of both men were used both at the time and subsequently to put forward representations of their service and their duty. Through careful study of the extant manuscripts and the circulations of variant texts, the strategies used to fashion and refashion the reputations of both men are revealed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-336
Number of pages18
JournalEnglish Literary Renaissance
Volume37
Issue number3
Early online date26 Oct 2007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

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