‘Too Frivolous to Interest the Public’?: Walter Scott, Richard Polwhele and Archipelagic Correspondence
Keywords:Richard Polwhele, Walter Scott, Poetry, Regionalism, Letter Correspondence
AbstractThe Cornish writer Richard Polwhele and Sir Walter Scott corresponded on matters literary and social for a period of 25 years at the start of the nineteenth century without ever meeting. This article examines the published traces of this epistolary acquaintance and establishes what it might tell us about the lines of connection and dissemination it was possible to establish in Romantic Britain between what might otherwise be thought of as outlying areas of the nation. The article contributes to a number of recent archipelagic attempts to better understand the distributed or devolved nature of print culture within the nations and regions of Britain, in this case through a focus on the interconnections between them.
How to Cite
Moore, D. (2013). ‘Too Frivolous to Interest the Public’?: Walter Scott, Richard Polwhele and Archipelagic Correspondence. Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms, 2(1), 103–124. https://doi.org/10.7146/rom.v2i1.20194
Copyright: The authors and Aarhus University Press