chapter  5
No Place Like Home: From Local to Global (and Back Again) in the Gothic Novel
ByEvan Gottlieb
Pages 18

In July of 1797 the Cornish poet, antiquarian, and anti-Jacobin misogynist Richard Polwhele was down on his luck and feeling rather sorry for himself. In the first place, in emphasizing Polwhele's inability to get a copy of June's Gentleman's Magazine the chapter should not overlook the fact that he features in it, or that he wishes to continue his involvement in the cultural affairs of the nation. The metropolitan hub might represent the most important junction box, but in the above example John Nichols in London is serving a peripheral function relative to the relationship between Polwhele and the Bishop of Lincoln. And this is far from the only letter in which Polwhele is instructing Nichols to dispatch publications to his friends and contacts throughout the provinces, including interestingly enough in the context of JoEllen DeLucia's contribution to this collection, Anna Seward and Walter Scott.