Re-evaluating the Literary Coterie, 1580–1830

From Sidney to Blackwood's

  • Will Bowers
  • Hannah Leah Crummé

About this book


This book is about the literary and friendship networks that were active in Britain for a 250- year period. Patterns in the nature of literary social circles emerge: they may centre upon a location, like Christ Church, or a person, like Aaron Hill; they may suffer stress when private relationships become public knowledge, as Caroline Lamb’s Glenarvon shows; and they may model themselves on a preceding age, as the relationship between the Sidney circle and Lady Mary Wroth exemplifies. Despite these similarities, no two coteries are the same. The circles this volume examines even differ in their acceptance of their own status as a coterie: someone like Constance Fowler was certainly part of a strict familial coterie; the Scriberlians were a more informal set who were also members of other groups; and although Byron’s years of fame are regularly associated with Holland House, he often denied being of their party.


Social network Exchange Community Circle Friendship

Editors and affiliations

  • Will Bowers
    • 1
  • Hannah Leah Crummé
    • 2
  1. 1.Merton College, University of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Watzek LibraryLewis & Clark CollegePortland, OregonUnited Kingdom

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