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The Man of Feeling / Edition 1 available in Paperback
The Man of Feeling is unquestionably among the most important and influential works of eighteenth-century sentimental fiction. The novel follows Harley, the eponymous “man of feeling” and impoverished aristocrat, as he travels from his rural estate to London and back in a reluctant quest for financial advancement and more heartfelt quest for kindred spirits. In addition to presenting a remarkable gallery of characters, Harley’s story gives a profound sense of the historical changes transforming the economy, landscape, and social relations of eighteenth-century England and Scotland.
This Broadview edition’s critical introduction and rich selection of appendices situate The Man of Feeling in the context of the period’s intellectual debates on sentiment, sympathy, and the novel. Contextual documents include contemporary reviews of the novel, selections from Mackenzie’s correspondence and journalism, and related contemporary writings by David Hume, Adam Smith, Sir Walter Scott, and Laurence Sterne.
Table of Contents
Henry Mackenzie: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
The Man of Feeling
Appendix A: Sympathy and Sentiment
- From David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40)
- From Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759)
- From Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768)
Appendix B: Mackenzie’s Correspondence on the Composition and Publication of The Man of Feeling
- Letters to Elizabeth Rose on the Composition of The Man of Feeling, 1769-70
- Correspondence with James Elphinston on the Composition and Reception of The Man of Feeling, 1770-71
Appendix C: Other Fiction and Journalism by Mackenzie
- From Julia de Roubigné (1777)
- The Mirror, nos. 42-44 (19-26 June 1779): “The Effects of Religion on Minds of Sensibility. The Story of La Roche”
- The Mirror, no. 101 (25 April 1780): “The Effects of Sentiment and Sensibility on Happiness. From a Guardian”
- The Lounger, no. 20 (18 June 1785): “On Novel-Writing”
- The Lounger, no. 90 (21 October 1786): “Letter from Barbara Heartless, the Unfortunate Attendant of a Woman of Extreme Sensibility and Feeling”
Appendix D: Contemporary Reviews and Evaluations
- The Monthly Review (May 1771)
- The Critical Review (June 1771)
- The Scots Magazine (August 1771)
- The London Magazine (August 1771)
- Sir Walter Scott, “Henry Mackenzie,” Lives of the Novelists (1823)