T H White: The Age of Scandal: An Excursion Through a Minor Period / Folio Society Edition

By: White, T H ( Terence Hanbury White ) / Folio Society, Introduction By Reay Tannahill

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-----------hardcover, a Near Fine copy, unread, no dustjacket as issued, in a lightly rubbed Near Fine slipcase, 240 pages, b&w illustrations, ---"Between the Classical and the Romantic movements...there existed this other age, which was one of peculiar flavour," writes T.H. White, author of the classic children's novel The Sword in the Stone and numerous other tales of Arthurian bravery. In The Age of Scandal, first published in 1950, White focuses on the period in late 18th-century England that followed the Age of Reason--a period characterized by dilettantism, material comfort, and eccentricity. The literary sway of Swift, Pope, and Dr. Johnson had by then given way to a more aristocratic set of literati, of whom Horace Walpole, writing from the house he had christened Strawberry Hill, was the most splendid and eloquent example. Walpole and his contemporaries "were among the first people in England to be apprehended as personalities," writes White. "Eccentric, individual, sentimental, dramatic, [and] tearful," they were lovers of gossip, fashion, and exhibitionistic behavior. Among the most colorful figures of the age were Selwyn, a famed execution-goer; Beckford, who built an astonishing tower at Fronthill; and Joanna Southcott, remembered for her shocking announcement that she would give birth to the new Messiah. ---Based on writings by Horace Walpole and other literate recorders of the age, T.H. White has constructed a "little scrapbook of a nostalgic Tory." Here is the fascinating record of another period of literary history by one of the best-loved writers of our own. White describes the eccentricities of the 18th-century Royal Family, the fashions of the nobility--the powdering of wigs, eating and drinking, medicine, birthday parties and theater-going, and English pronunciation; attitudes toward religion and sport; and, above all, the outgageous gossip that circulated in literary circles. A witty, idiosyncratic, audacious portrait of an aristocracy on the wane, The Age of Scandal stands as an entertaining, authoritative description of the late 18th-century English literati."---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo

Title: T H White: The Age of Scandal: An Excursion Through a Minor Period / Folio Society Edition

Author Name: White, T H ( Terence Hanbury White ) / Folio Society, Introduction By Reay Tannahill

Illustrator: Uncredited Cover Art

Categories: History,

Edition: Later printing(s)

Publisher: London, England, London, UK: Folio Society, 1994, 1st Folio Edition, 2nd Printing t: 1994

ISBN Number: 0399105972

ISBN Number 13: 9780399105975

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Jacket Condition: No Jacket as issued

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Seller ID: 148603

Keywords: White, T H ( Terence Hanbury White ), Arthurian Legend, Myth, Guinevere, Lancelot, Galahad, Morgan Le Fay,