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September 11, 2014

Whose muse mews?

See if you can you match the cat with the writer in this quiz

July 7, 2014

Early Drafts of Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding

John Rogers, co-editor of The Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke: Drafts for the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, looks at the differences between these two drafts...

May 29, 2014

18th Century works now available

From Jonathan Swift and Christopher Smart to David Hume and Samuel Johnson, discover what’s new…

May 14, 2014

Thomas Vaughan reads God's Second Book

Alan Rudrum, editor of The Works of Thomas Vaughan, explores this writer's life and his treatment of the figure of Thalia in ‘Lumen De Lumine'...


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Letter to Mrs Thrale, September 1783
Samuel Johnson writes to Mrs Thrale about hot-air balloons.

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