Horace Walpole's correspondence and memoirs
Aikins, Lucille Lamb
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It would be presumptuous to suggest that this paper has any importance as a piece of scholarly research. It uncovers no new facts, nor does it illuminate familiar information with brilliant critical insight. The thesis of this paper is simple and obvious: the more one reads all of Walpole's works, the more one enjoys each of Walpole's works; the more one reads Walpole, the more one knows of eighteenth century life. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate reasonable capacity to gather, read, and interpret information, to organize ideas sensibly, to cite sources correctly, and to write acceptable English. In addition to its practical use as an exercise in writing, this paper should illustrate the pleasures of Beauclerism, a term which W. W. Williams has used to describe the amateur's pursuit of minor, eighteenth century figures. Williams describes this interest in the personalities of Walpole's time as a zest for knowledge, enlivened by warmth and humor. My addiction to Beauclerism has been inspired and enriched by the distinguished scholarship of Dr. E. Ruth Taylor and Dr. Bernard Schilling; it has been encouraged and endured by the generous patience of Dr. Harold E. Aikins.