The Man of Feeling

Broadview Press, 14.04.2005 - 224 Seiten

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.


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LibraryThing Review

Nutzerbericht  - sometimeunderwater - LibraryThing

Dull 18th century sentimental novel, doesn't escape its genre. Must have been very affecting at the time, but in our modern ironic age this is just too earnest and sappy. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - stillatim - LibraryThing

What more do you need from a contemporary novel? Clever clever narrative disruption? Check. Post-romantic fragmentation? Check. Rejection of final moral? Check. And every time someone writes a review ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
The Man of Feeling
Sympathy and Sentiment
From Adam Smith The Theory of Moral Sentiments 1759
From Laurence Sterne A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy 1768
Other Fiction and Journalism by Mackenzie
The Mirror nos 4244 1926 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 NovelWriting
The Lounger no 90 21 October 1786 Letter from Barbara Heartless the Unfortunate Attendant of a Woman of Extreme Sensibility and Feeling
Contemporary Reviews and Evaluations
The Scots Magazine August 1771
Select Bibliography

Mackenzies Correspondence on the Composition and Publication of The Man of Feeling
Correspondence with James Elphinston on the Composition and Reception of The Man of Feeling 177071

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Über den Autor (2005)

Maureen Harkin is an Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College, Portland, Oregon. She specializes in eighteenth-century literature, particularly the sentimental novel.

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