Abstract and Keywords
This article examines the letters and diaries written during the 1640s. These fresh and vivid texts are among the most important documents of the period: largely unmediated, invariably urgent, often moving, and always full of the material details of conflict or its consequences. To read such writings is one of the best ways to understand the complexities of the period at first hand and discover the rhetoric of experience as it began to pave the way for the prose fiction of subsequent centuries.
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