Letters of Matthew Arnold 1848-1888

Letters of Matthew Arnold 1848-1888

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Letters of Matthew Arnold 1848-1888

Letters of Matthew Arnold 1848-1888

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The congenial task of collecting and arranging these Letters was undertaken in obedience to the wish of Mrs. Matthew Arnold, and of her sisters- in-law Mrs. Forster and Miss Arnold of Fox How.

It was Matthew Arnold's express wish that he might not be made the subject of a Biography. His family, however, felt that a selection from his Letters was not prohibited; and that such a selection might reveal aspects of his character — his tenderness and playfulness and filial affection — which could be only imperfectly apprehended through the more formal medium of his published works. He maintained a constant correspondence with his nearest relations, and from that correspondence most of these Letters have been taken. It will be seen that they are essentially familiar and domestic, and were evidently written without a thought that they would ever be read beyond the circle of his family. Several additions, of great interest and value, have been made by the kindness of friends, who have also helped the Editor in fixing dates and interpreting allusions.

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