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Published: 30 September 2019

416 Pages | 10 black and white illustrations

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781789620078

Bookseller Code (09)

The Epistolary Art of Catherine the Great

Kelsey Rubin-Detlev

Voltaire Foundation in association with Liverpool University Press

Oxford University Studies in The Enlightenment

  • A reconsideration of Catherine the Great's place in the Enlightenment, emphasising the intellectual complexity and richness of her epistolary writings, as well as her self-positioning within the social, political, and intellectual elites of Enlightenment Europe
  • The first book analysing the full range of Catherine the Great's letters, from missives to Voltaire and Frederick the Great to love notes and official orders to generals on the battlefield
  • The first book to analyse in-depth the correspondence practices of an eighteenth-century monarch in all domains, from the official to the intellectual and the intimate
  • The first book to analyse the significance of the material features of Catherine's letters and her methods of producing and circulating her letters as objects
  • The first book to make the case for Catherine's letters as a literary masterpiece
  • An exciting new perspective on image-making and networking by letter