The Commonplace Book of William Byrd II of Westover / Edition 1

The Commonplace Book of William Byrd II of Westover / Edition 1

by Kevin Joel Berland
     
 

ISBN-10: 080782612X

ISBN-13: 9780807826126

Pub. Date: 03/26/2001

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

William Byrd II (1674-1744) was an important figure in the history of colonial Virginia: a founder of Richmond, an active participant in Virginia politics, and the proprietor of one of the colony's greatest plantations. But Byrd is best known today for his diaries. Considered essential documents of private life in colonial America, they offer readers an

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William Byrd II (1674-1744) was an important figure in the history of colonial Virginia: a founder of Richmond, an active participant in Virginia politics, and the proprietor of one of the colony's greatest plantations. But Byrd is best known today for his diaries. Considered essential documents of private life in colonial America, they offer readers an unparalleled glimpse into the world of a Virginia gentleman. This book joins Byrd's Diary, Secret Diary, and other writings in securing his reputation as one of the most interesting men in colonial America.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807826126
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/26/2001
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations and Short Titles
Prologue
Introduction
1. William Byrd II of Westover
2. Making a Gentleman: William Byrd and Early Modern Education
3. The Commonplace Book in Education
4. The Commonplace Book and the Common Culture
5. William Byrd as a Writer: Between the Private and Public Spheres
6. Gathering and Compiling the Commonplace Book
7. Science and Medicine in the Commonplace Book
8. William Byrd's Religious Views
9. "Invectives against Women, and . . . Lampoons upon Matrimony"
10. The Commonplace Book and Self-Fashioning
The Commonplace Book of a Colonial Gentleman in Crisis: An Essay

The Commonplace Book
Commentary
Index

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