The Edges of Augustanism

The Aesthetics of Spirituality in Thomas Ken, John Byrom and William Law

  • Authors
  • John Hoyles

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. John Hoyles
      Pages 1-5
  3. Thomas Ken

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. John Hoyles
      Pages 9-13
    3. John Hoyles
      Pages 14-30
    4. John Hoyles
      Pages 31-37
    5. John Hoyles
      Pages 38-47
    6. John Hoyles
      Pages 48-67
    7. John Hoyles
      Pages 68-68
  4. John Byrom and William Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. John Hoyles
      Pages 81-85
    3. John Hoyles
      Pages 86-101
    4. John Hoyles
      Pages 102-114
    5. John Hoyles
      Pages 115-122
    6. John Hoyles
      Pages 123-132
    7. John Hoyles
      Pages 133-147
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 148-164

About this book


It has recently been argued that the 18th century can no longer be 1 seen as gripped in the strait-jacket of Augustanism and Neoclassicism. Such labels are seen as doing less than justice to the rich variety of individual talents and intellectual trends which collectively constitute 18th century culture. While welcoming the interment of the long­ standing myth of the peace of the Augustans, there seems little point in placing an interdict on labels which, willy-nilly, have stuck. In economic, social and ecclesiastical terms there is an age between 1689 and 1789 whose homogeneity is reflected in its cultural products. There is a mainstream which the strength and variety of counter­ currents and cross-currents corroborate rather than disintegrate. It is the purpose of this study to reveal some aspects of this mainstream by examining certain cross-currents which overlap its edges. Hence the choice of Thomas Ken (1637-1711), John Byrom (1692-1763) and William Law (1686-1761).


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-2821-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2819-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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