Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne

Dorothy OSBORNE (1627 - 1695)

A lively, interesting and important collection of 17th century love-letters written by an English lady, against the background of the Civil War and the Restoration [summary by hefyd]

After refusing a long string of suitors put forth by her family, including her cousin Thomas Osborne, Henry Cromwell (son of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell) and Sir Justinian Isham, in 1655 Dorothy Osborne married Sir William Temple, a man with whom she had carried on a lengthy clandestine courtship that was largely epistolary in nature. It is for her letters to Temple, which were witty, progressive and socially illuminating, that Osborne is remembered. Only Osborne's side of the correspondence survived and comprises a collection of seventy-seven letters held in the British Library. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Note: This reading contains all the letters in the correspondence but leaves out the editorial comments.

Genre(s): Letters

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Letters 1-5 Rhonda Federman
00:24:29
Play 02 02 - Letters 6-10 Landii
00:20:51
Play 03 03 - Letters 11-15 Anna Simon
00:26:13
Play 04 04 - Letters 16-20 Annise
00:27:05
Play 05 05 - Letters 21-25 breathe
00:27:23
Play 06 06 - Letters 26-30 Neeru Iyer
00:24:27
Play 07 07 - Letters 31-35 Ruth Golding
00:24:08
Play 08 08 - Letters 36-40 Ruth Golding
00:40:16
Play 09 09 - Letters 41-45 Anna Simon
00:23:48
Play 10 10 - Letters 46-50 Rhonda Federman
00:31:31
Play 11 11 - Letters 51-55 Anna Simon
00:39:44
Play 12 12 - Letters 56-60 Anna Simon
00:19:28
Play 13 13 - Letters 61-65 breathe
00:17:29
Play 14 14 - Letters 66-71 Rhonda Federman
00:18:08
Play 15 15 - Letters 72-80 Ezwa
00:06:39
Play 16 16 - Letters 81-83 Ruth Golding
00:05:18