Document Type

Contribution to Book

Title

Delirious God: Reflections on the Text, the Book, and the Library

Source Publication

Textual Studies: Precision as Profusion and the Enlarged Eighteenth Century

Publication Date

2012

Editor

Kevin L. Cope and Robert C. Leitz III

Publisher

Bucknell University Press

City

Lewisburg

First Page

249

Last Page

268

Department

English

Abstract

Starting and ending with Jorge Luis Borges’ speculations, this essay explores the moral and imaginative significance of the cultural space that is the library in the English eighteenth century, especially as it touched the intellectual lives of Thomas Warton, Professor of Poetry and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, Frederick Augusta Barnard, George III’s librarian, and Samuel Johnson.

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