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Return to Sender
Constantijn Huygens as a Man of Letters
Lise Gosseye, ed.; Frans Blom, ed.; Ad Leerintveld, ed.

2014 • 174 pp. 19 color illus. 6 1/4 x 9 1/2"
Literary Criticism / Collected Letters

$39.00 Paperback, 978-90-382-2015-4

The image of the Dutch diplomat-poet Constantijn Huygens (1596–1687) as it emerges from his letters

Return to Sender takes as its starting point Constantijn Huygens’ letters and shows us the author in his different guises: intimus of René Descartes, translator of John Donne, collector of art, writer of flirtatious love letters and the author of a long consolatory letter-poem for an ailing friend who threatened to go blind. In his letters, Huygens emerges as an often playful yet always ambitious fashioner of his own social image. Return to Sender gives us Huygens as ‘a man of letters’ in a very literal way: conceiving and construing his texts with an addressee in mind, but also with the distinct intention to fashion for that reader a persona that could be represented by means of the text at hand.

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LISE GOSSEYE is a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University. FRANS BLOM is a researcher at the University of Amsterdam. AD LEERINTVELD is a scholar at Dutch Royal Library, The Hague.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:12:32 -0500