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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1477

Hester Lynch Piozzi letters to Fanny Burney

Twenty letters from author Hester Lynch Piozzi, most written as Hester Thrale to her friend Fanny Burney, often discussing their mutual friend Samuel Johnson.

Dates

  • 1778-1816
  • Majority of material found within 1778-1784

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

.1 linear feet (1 volume)

This collection consists of seventeen letters to Fanny Burney; one to her father Charles Burney; and two to her nephew Clement Robert Francis.

Biographical / Historical

Hester Lynch Salusbury was born in Wales in 1741, and in 1763 married wealthy London brewer Henry Thrale (1728-1781). The Thrales divided their time between two London residences: at the brewery compound in Southwark, and at a larger country house at Streatham Park. After the Thrales were introduced to Samuel Johnson in 1765, Streatham Park became the center of an important coterie of literary, artistic, and political figures. Fanny Burney (1752-1840) became part of this group in 1778.

Henry Thrale died in 1781. In 1784, Hester married Gabriele Mario Piozzi (1740-1809), an Italian musician. The marriage was widely viewed as scandalous in London society, and terminated Hester's friendships with Johnson and Burney.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*2003JM-235. Purchased with the Womens' Studies Fund, the L.J. Appell Jr. Fund, and the Amy Lowell Fund; received: 2004.

Balderston, Katherine C., ed., Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs. Hester Lynch Thrale (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1942) Hyde, Mary, The Thrales of Streatham Park (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1977) Redford, Bruce, ed., The Letters of Samuel Johnson (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1994)
  • Balderston, Katherine C., ed., Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs. Hester Lynch Thrale (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1942)
  • Hyde, Mary, The Thrales of Streatham Park (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1977)
  • Redford, Bruce, ed., The Letters of Samuel Johnson (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1994)

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Title
Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821. Hester Lynch Piozzi letters to Fanny Burney: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou00265

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