Intimacy and Celebrity in Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture

Public Interiors

  • Emrys D. Jones
  • Victoria Joule

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Emrys D. Jones, Victoria Joule
    Pages 1-10
  3. Theatre

  4. Politics

  5. Authorship

  6. Intimate Notoriety: A Case Study

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-304

About this book


This book provides an expansive view of celebrity’s intimate dimensions. In the process, it offers a timely reassessment of how notions of private and public were negotiated by writers, readers, actors and audiences in the early to mid-eighteenth century. The essays assembled here explore the lives of a wide range of figures: actors and actresses, but also politicians, churchmen, authors and rogues; some who courted celebrity openly and others who seemed to achieve it almost inadvertently. At a time when the topic of celebrity’s origins is attracting unprecedented scholarly attention, this collection is an important, pioneering resource.


Nell Gwyn David Garrick Public Private Fielding Eighteenth century literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Emrys D. Jones
    • 1
  • Victoria Joule
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Independent ScholarCardiff, WalesUnited Kingdom

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