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John Armstrong's The art of preserving health [electronic resource] : eighteenth-century sensibility in practice /
John Armstrong ; edited by Adam Budd.
imprint
Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2011.
description
xvii, 302 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
075466306X (hc : alk. paper), 9780754663065 (hc: alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2011.
isbn
075466306X (hc : alk. paper)
9780754663065 (hc: alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11364664
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
Adam Budd's critical edition presents John Armstrong's poem The Art of Preserving Health (1744) and other key sources of the eighteenth-century cult of sensibility. It also includes a comprehensive introduction and explanatory notes, clarifying Armstrong's classical, medical, and social references. Readers will come away convinced of the poem's uniquely engaging perspective on the place of literature, medicine, the body, and the book trade in the literary history of sensibility.
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title includes a comprehensive biographical and textual introduction and explanatory notes, highlighting the contemporary significance of John Armstrong's classic medical and social references in his poem, 'The Art of Preserving Health'.
Long Description
John Armstrong's 2000-line poem The Art of Preserving Health was among the most popular works of literature in the mid-1700s, and one of the first to popularize medical ideas concerning sensibility. Within three years of its publication in 1744, it was in its third edition, and by 1795, it commanded fourteen editions printed in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Benjamin Franklin's shop in Philadelphia. Maintaining its place amongst more famous works of the Enlightenment, this poem was read well into the nineteenth century, remaining in print in English, French, and Italian, a tribute to a sustained interest in eighteenth-century sensibility, long after its medical advice had become obsolete and the nervous complaints it depicted unfashionable.Adam Budd's critical edition includes a comprehensive biographical and textual introduction and explanatory notes clarifying Armstrong's classical, medical, and social references and highlighting their contemporary significance. Included in his introduction are discussions of Armstrong's innovative medical training in charity hospitals and his close associations with the poet James Thomson and the bookseller Andrew Millar, evidence for the poem's wide appeal, and a compelling argument for the poem's anticipation of sensibility as a prevalent literary mode. Budd also offers background on the 'new physiology' taught at Edinburgh, as well as an explanation for why a Scottish-trained physician newly arrived in London was forced to write poetry to supplement his medical income. This edition also includes annotated excerpts from the key literary and medical works of the period, including poetry, medical prose, and biographical memoirs. Readers will come away convinced of the poem's significance in providing a uniquely engaging perspective on the place of poetry, medicine, the body, and the book trade in the literary history of sensibility.

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