Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xxviii

Elizabeth Griffith's Delicate Distress was first published in London in 1769 in a most unusual format. Her novel was one of two published together in a matched set: Two Novels In Letters. By the Authors of Henry and Frances. In Four Volumes. Volumes one and two of the set contained...

Chronology

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pp. xxix-xxxiii

The Delicate Distress

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pp. 1-2

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Dedication

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pp. 3-3

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Preface

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pp. 4-6

he following work is submitted to the perusal of the public, with infinite timidity, and apprehension, as it is a species of writing, which I had never attempted before, from a consciousness of my deficiency, in the principal article of such compositions, namely, invention...

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Volume I. Letters 1-36

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pp. 7-122

Tell me, my dear philosophic, wise sister, why those gloomy mortals, stiled moralists, take so much pains to put us out of humour with our present state of existence, by declaring that happiness is not the lot of man, &c. &c? Do they think these dogmas enhance the value of felicity...

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Volume II. Letters 37-94

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pp. 123-230

In justice to those friendly apprehensions, which you seemed to suffer, on my account, I think I ought to inform you, that the so-much-dreaded event, of an interview with the marchioness, is over, without my being sensible of the least ill consequence...

Appendix: A List of the Subscribers

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pp. 231-233

List of Emendations

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pp. 234-242

Explanatory Notes

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pp. 243-265

Suggested Reading

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pp. 266-268