Henry Mackenzie: The Man of Feeling

Vickers, Brian, Bending, Stephen and Bygrave, Stephen (eds.) (2001) Henry Mackenzie: The Man of Feeling, Oxford, GB, Oxford University Press, 160pp. (Oxford World's Classics).


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Mackenzie's hugely popular novel of 1771 is the foremost work of the sentimental movement, in which sentiment and sensibility were allied with true virtue, and sensitivity is the mark of the man of feeling. The hero, Harley, is followed in a series of episodes demonstrating his benevolence in an uncaring world: he assists the down-trodden, loses his love, and fails to achieve worldly success. The novel asks a series of vital questions: what morality is possible in a complex commercial world? Does trying to maintain it make you a saint or a fool? Is sentiment merely a luxury for the leisured classes? This edition reprints Brian Vickers's authoritative text, with a new introduction that discusses the novel in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment and European sentimentalism.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0192840320 (paperback)
9780192840325 (paperback)
9780199538621 (paperback)
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > English
ePrint ID: 12126
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
22 November 2001Published
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:23
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12126

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