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Abstract

When we try to view White as a man, to bring him into focus as an individual human being, we are confronted by a number of problems, for many of the usual sources of evidence are in his case missing. First, there are very few clues even as to what he looked like, for although an engraved portrait is known to have existed,1 its whereabouts are now unknown. Second, he left no account of his own life — either as an autobiography, or, in the style of such contemporaries as John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys, in personal diaries. Third, despite a growing fashion for writing biographies, exemplified at the time by John Aubrey and Anthony à Wood, no-one who actually knew him has left us a ‘Life’ of White — though a short one does survive from the mid-eighteenth century.2 Some three years after White’s death, the hostile Robert Pugh announced his intention of publishing a biography, “which is almost ready for the Press”3; but, if ever actually produced, that work is now lost.

Keywords

Physical Pleasure Personal Diary Roman Catholic Church Sexual Scandal Intellectual Passion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beverley C. Southgate
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

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