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The Age of Sensibility

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The Age of Sensibility 1745-1785 Authors of this movement Samuel Johnson Horace Walpole The Mysteries of Udolpho The Castle of Otranto
(1764) Ann Radcliffe
(1794) Johnson strongly believed that writers should avoid using vocabulary that is unfamiliar to the common reader. Johnson's "Dictionary of the English Language" was not the first dictionary made, but it was the most popular for that time period. Dr. Samuel Johnson
(1709-1784) Composed a dictionary of the English language (1755) Encyclopedie 1751-1772
Dennis Diderot Writers during this time period tried to embrace new forms of literature such as medieval history and folk literature unlike previous writers. Tristram Shandy By: Laurence Sterne (1759) The Man of Feeling Henry Mackenzie (1771) Vathek William Beckford Poets from this movement William Collins Thomas Gray Christopher Smart William Cowper During this time period, many advancements were made in astronomy, politics and medicine. James Boswell Published a biography about the life of Samuel Johnson, but unlike other biographies, he included some of their conversations. He also stressed the importance of knowledge over superstition and religion. This dictionary was used up until the Oxford English Dictionary was published in 1884. Writers from this time period experimented with new techniques such as Johnson incorporating humor and intricate detail into his dictionary, and Boswell incorporating the conversations into his biography. This set them apart from other literary writers and from other time periods. This period is recognized as the Age of Sensibility because of the importance that the Britains place upon emotions and logic in literature and other things. "Reason: The arithmetic of the emotions." ~Elbert Hubbard, The Roycroft Dictionary Quote: Quote: "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
Albert Einstein Thank you for watching my Prezi! Have a nice day! The term "The Age of Sensibility" mainly refers to developments in literature, rather than advancements in politics or science. Surrounded by the Augustan age on one end and the Romantic movement on the other.
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