Nature and Art / Edition 1

Nature and Art / Edition 1

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Nature and Art / Edition 1

Nature and Art commands a central place in the history of the English Jacobin novel. Published in 1796, the story explores the opposition between the upbringing and actions of Henry Norwynne, an unspoiled “child of nature” who has been reared without books on an African island, and the corrupt conduct of his aristocratic older cousin, William. Inchbald was one of the best-known writers of her time, and Nature and Art represents her most concerted attempt to analyze the effects of education, power, and privilege on human behaviour.

This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction, contemporary reviews of the novel, and primary source material relating to the novel’s composition and its philosophical influences (including documents by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and William Godwin). Documents on education, political and religious corruption, and African colonization provide further historical context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551112787
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 12/31/2004
Series: Broadview Editions Ser.
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Elizabeth Inchbald: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Nature and Art

Appendix A: The Composition of the Novel and the Art of Novel Writing

  1. Textual Changes from First (1796) to Second (1797) Edition, with Passages Deleted from Second Edition
    1. Passage deleted from Chapter
    2. Passage deleted from Chapter
    3. Conclusion to the First Edition
  2. Letters between Inchbald and William Godwin
    1. Letter to Godwin Describing the Travails of Novel Writing (November 1792)
    2. Two undated letters to Godwin on Reading Proofs of his Caleb Williams [1794]
    3. Undated letter to Godwin Describing his Reading of Her Manuscript, probably “A Satire on the Times” (1794/5)
    4. Letter from Godwin to Inchbald (1 December 1817)
  3. Inchbald’s Essay on Novel Writing from The Artist (1807)

Appendix B: “The Prejudice of Education”: Philosophical Influences

  1. From Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Émile, ou de l’Éducation (1762)
  2. From Thomas Day, The History of Sandford and Merton (1783-89)
  3. From William Godwin, The Enquirer: Reflections on Education, Manners and Literature in a Series of Essays (1797)

Appendix C: Literary Cross-Currents: Political Critique in Inchbald’s Jacobin Contemporaries

  1. The “Noble Savage” and the British Aristocracy, from Robert Bage, Hermsprong (1796)
  2. Corruptions in Church and State
    1. From Thomas Holcroft, The Adventures of Hugh Trevor (1794-97)
    2. From Robert Bage, Hermsprong (1796)
  3. Seductions and Prostitution
    1. From Mary Wollstonecraft, The Wrongs of Woman: or, Maria (1798)
    2. From Mary Hays, The Victim of Prejudice (1799)

Appendix D: Africa and the Sierra Leone Colony

  1. From Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789)
  2. Letter from First Governors of Sierra Leone Settlement (1788)
  3. The Sierra Leone Company’s Declaration (1791)
  4. From Anna Maria Falconbridge, Narrative of Two Voyages to the River Sierra Leone, During the Years 1791–92–93 (1794)

Appendix E: Contemporary Reviews and Critical Preface

  1. [Mary Wollstonecraft], Analytical Review (January-June 1796)
  2. Monthly Mirror (March 1796)
  3. Critical Review (March 1796)
  4. Monthly Review (April 1796)
  5. The Moral and Political Magazine (June–September 1796)
  6. Anna Letitia Barbauld, Preface to The British Novelists Series, Vol. 27 (1810)

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