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By Sarah Ruhl

A relocating, leading edge play in line with one of many maximum correspondences in literary history

From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged greater than 400 letters. Describing the writing in their poems, their shuttle and day-by-day health problems, the pyrotechnics in their romantic relationships, and the profound affection that they had for every different, those missives are the main intimate checklist on hand of either poets and one of many maximum correspondences in American literature.

The playwright Sarah Ruhl fell in love with those letters and set herself an strange problem: to show this thirty-year trade right into a degree play, and to deliver to lifestyles the friendship of 2 writers who have been hardly even within the similar nation. As cutting edge because it is relocating, Dear Elizabeth provides voice to a talk that lived normally in writing, illuminating the various best poems of the 20 th century and the minds that produced them.

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31. 32. 18/10/07 9:34 am Page 26 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil:Public Philanthropy in British and American Fiction of the unique nature of British liberalism see Lauren Goodlad’s PMLA essay ‘Beyond the Panopticon’. I would contend that the very features of British liberalism by which Goodlad distinguishes between British and continental modes of governance hold even more true for US governance in the nineteenth century. Brantlinger, Sprit of Reform, p. 2. See Nancy Armstrong’s Fiction in the Age of Photography as well as Victorian Literature and the Victorian Visual Imagination edited by Carol T.

In other words, the sense of propriety, the exploration of which is the occasion for Smith’s discussion of sympathy, emerges from a dynamic interplay between the observer, observed, and abstract spectator as representative of the moral consensus. qxd 36 ] 18/10/07 9:34 am Page 36 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil:Public Philanthropy in British and American Fiction While Hume agrees that morality is contingent upon feeling, he extends the logic in a new direction by suggesting that the dependency between fellow feeling and resemblance disallows the possibility of a universal sympathy.

Qxd 18/10/07 9:34 am Page 33 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil:Public From Sympathy to Altruism [ 33 social benefits of individual greed with his contention in Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725) that benevolence – the desire for another’s happiness – could be the basis for a system of virtue. Although Hutcheson would later retreat from his equation of moral with aesthetic perception, emphasising a more practical and active form of moral apprehension, the earlier version would remain an implicit element of subsequent systems.

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