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Poland’s Last King and English Culture$
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Richard Butterwick

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207016

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207016.001.0001

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Stanisław August and English Literature

Stanisław August and English Literature

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(p.172) 8 Stanisław August and English Literature
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Poland’s Last King and English Culture
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Butterwick Richard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207016.003.0009

Stanislaw August's knowledge and love for the English language and literature are often demonstrated in William Coxe's encomiums. The impact of English thought on Stanislaw August and his cultural activity was wide-ranging, and reinforced by his command of English, which was of an unusually high standard. Stanislaw August's taste for English literature was characterized above all by its catholicity. Stanislaw August's own literary programme was given its clearest expression in Zahawy Przyjemme I Poźyteczne (‘Pastimes pleasant and instructive’), Poland's first literary magazine, which appeared at the beginning of 1770. The great exception to this general conclusion, that Stanislaw August did not play a significant role in the diffusion of English literature in Poland, is shown as the Monitor, a bi-weekly periodical to spread Enlightenment among the szlachta.

Keywords:   English literature, William Coxe, catholicity, literary magazine, Monitor, Enlightenment

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