The Matchless Orinda

The Matchless Orinda

The Matchless Orinda

The Matchless Orinda

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The aim of this book is twofold. It is primarily to give an accurate and complete account of the life of Mrs. Katherine Philips and secondarily to make available by means of full quotation all the important passages in the Letters from Orinda to Poliarchus, a rare book that has deserved reprinting for many years. If in either its primary or its secondary aspect this book prove of interest to students and readers of seventeenth-century literature, I am content.

In the course of my studies, I have received much help both at home and abroad; indeed, I have been obliged to so many people for so many things that I should like to exclaim as Orinda once did, "But where begin and where make an end of acknowledgments!" I can, I fear, name only my chief benefactors, and trust that the others will forgive my silence and believe me, in spite of it, not unmindful of their many kindnesses. I wish to express my gratitude to Professor G. L. Kittredge, whose interest and care have been ever present in furthering and perfecting this publication; to Professor C. H. C. Wright, whose encouragement and learning have been of help from the very first; to Professor E. N. S. Thompson, whose immense knowledge of the seventeenth century has been always at my command; and to Professor K. B. Murdock, whose criticisms of the manuscript have led to many a desirable improvement.

I wish also to thank the Rev. John Charles Longe of Spixworth, Norfolk, for the photograph of the letter from Mrs. Philips to Mrs. Temple, the original of which is in his . . .

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