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MS Eng 1477

Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821. Hester Lynch Piozzi letters to Fanny Burney: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Eng 1477
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821.
Title: Hester Lynch Piozzi letters to Fanny Burney,
Date(s): 1778-1816 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1778-1784 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Twenty letters from author Hester Lynch Piozzi, most written as Hester Thrale to her friend Fanny Burney, often discussing their mutual friend Samuel Johnson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*2003JM-235. Purchased with the Womens' Studies Fund, the L.J. Appell Jr. Fund, and the Amy Lowell Fund; received: 2004.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Hester Lynch Piozzi Letters to Fanny Burney (MS Eng 1477). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Hester Lynch Salusbury was born in Wales in 1741, and in 1763 married wealthy London brewer Henry Thrale (1728-1781). The Thrales divided their time between two London residences: at the brewery compound in Southwark, and at a larger country house at Streatham Park. After the Thrales were introduced to Samuel Johnson in 1765, Streatham Park became the center of an important coterie of literary, artistic, and political figures. Fanny Burney (1752-1840) became part of this group in 1778.
Henry Thrale died in 1781. In 1784, Hester married Gabriele Mario Piozzi (1740-1809), an Italian musician. The marriage was widely viewed as scandalous in London society, and terminated Hester's friendships with Johnson and Burney.


Balderston, Katherine C., ed., Thraliana: The Diary of Mrs. Hester Lynch Thrale (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1942) Hyde, Mary, The Thrales of Streatham Park (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1977) Redford, Bruce, ed., The Letters of Samuel Johnson (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1994)

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of seventeen letters to Fanny Burney; one to her father Charles Burney; and two to her nephew Clement Robert Francis.

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