Publishing in the Republic of Letters: The Menage-Graevius-Wetstein Correspondence 1679-1692

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Author: Hugh Dunthorne
Date: Jan. 2007
From: The Modern Language Review(Vol. 102, Issue 1)
Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association
Document Type: Book review
Length: 715 words
Lexile Measure: 1620L

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Publishing in the Republic of Letters: The Menage-Graevius-Wetstein Correspondence 1679-1692. Ed. by Richard G. Maber. (Studies in the History of Ideas in the Low Countries, 6) Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. 2005. vii + 174 pp. 40 [euro]. ISBN 978-90-420-1685-9.

Whether considered as an abstract idea or a practical means of communication, the republic of letters in seventeenth-century Europe can be an elusive thing. Yet in Richard G. Maber's new study it is brought vividly to life, thanks both to the seventy engagingly informal letters that are printed here for the first time and to the sympathetic and scholarly essay with which Maber introduces them. The protagonist of the book is the French polymath Gilles Menage, famous during his lifetime as much for his good looks and social charm as for the extraordinary range of his learning and literary activity. A widely respected etymologist, classical scholar, authority on civil law, historian, and biographer, he was also an untiring controversialist, editor of the works of poets such as Tasso and Malherbe, and author of amorous verses of his own...

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