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"Art is a liaison between some sort of deranged mentality and others who are not going through it." -- John Chamberlain
John Chamberlain (1553—1628) was the author of a series of letters written in England from 1597 to 1626, notable for their historical value and their literary qualities. In the view of historian Wallace Notestein, Chamberlain's letters "constitute the first considerable body of letters in English history and literature that the modern reader can easily follow". They are an essential source for scholars who study the period.Thomson, vii, xi.? "It is, in fact, just about impossible to write about any aspect of the Jacobean period without quoting Chamberlain at least once." Lee, 3.

Chamberlain's father was a successful ironmonger, who left him enough money to live on for the rest of his life without needing to earn a living. Though unambitious for himself, Chamberlain used his network of friends in high places to assist the career of Dudley Carleton, who rose from a minor position in the diplomatic service to become Secretary of State shortly after Chamberlain's death. Carleton preserved the long correspondence between himself and Chamberlain, which contains the majority of Chamberlain's surviving letters. Chamberlain maintained a similar correspondence with Sir Ralph Winwood, for many years ambassador at The Hague, and he presumably sent many other letters to his friends.

Chamberlain wrote at least one long letter a week. His purpose was more than social; it was to provide his friends, posted abroad in foreign embassies and out of touch with the London scene, with useful and reliable information about the events and issues of the day. Chamberlain would walk daily to St Paul's Cathedral to gather the latest news on the London grapevine and then report it to his correspondents as accurately and objectively as possible, including public and private opinion on the value of the information. Chamberlain is a particularly valuable source for contemporary opinion on King James I, for information about the royal family and the court, and for details of English trading activities in the earliest days of empire.

Chamberlain is valued not just as a commentator but as a writer. Historian A. L. Rowse has called him "the best letter writer of his time". Chamberlain takes care to observe without intruding his own opinions; though his disapproval of the laxity of the day is apparent, he does not waste words on moral indignation. He entertains his correspondents by leavening factual information with humour and vivid details, and includes lighter topics and anecdotes to keep the reader's interest. In the view of scholar Maurice Lee, Jr., the letters that passed between John Chamberlain and Dudley Carleton are "the most interesting private correspondence of Jacobean England".

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Total Books: 48
John Chamberlain Choices
2012 - John Chamberlain Choices (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780892074259
ISBN-10: 0892074256
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Collections and Proceedings of the Maine Historical Society Second Series Vol IX
A Jacobean Letter-Writer The Life and Times of John Chamberlain
2010 - A Jacobean Letter-writer the Life and Times of John Chamberlain (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781152350304
ISBN-10: 1152350307
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Letters Written by John Chamberlain During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth
2010 - Letters Written By John Chamberlain During the Reign of Queen Elizabeth (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152374522
ISBN-10: 1152374524
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Memoirs of Mr John Chamberlain Late Missionary in India
2009 - Memoirs of Mr John Chamberlain Late Missionary in India (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150681493
ISBN-10: 1150681497
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John Chamberlain The Foam Sculptures
2008 - John Chamberlain the Foam Sculptures (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781604613704
ISBN-10: 160461370X
Genre: Arts & Photography
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Hans Ulrich Obrist and John Chamberlain The Conversation Series
2007 - Hans Ulrich Obrist and John Chamberlain the Conversation Series (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783883759227
ISBN-10: 3883759228
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John Chamerlain Papier Paradisio
2006 - John Chamerlain Papier Paradisio (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783937572413
ISBN-10: 3937572414
Genres: Arts & Photography, Nonfiction
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John Chamberlain Recent Sculpture January 16-March 1 2003
2003 - John Chamberlain Recent Sculpture January 16-march 1 2003 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781930743236
ISBN-10: 1930743238
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John Chamberlain Early works
2003 - John Chamberlain Early Works (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781932608007
ISBN-10: 1932608001
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Heart of the Matter Diary of a School Year
2001 - Heart of the Matter Diary of a School Year (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780971099807
ISBN-10: 0971099804
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
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John Chamberlain
2000 - John Chamberlain (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781878283979
ISBN-10: 1878283979
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Corrosion For Science and Engineering
1996 - Corrosion for Science and Engineering (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582238695
ISBN-10: 0582238692
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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John Chamberlain Recent sculpture  September 17-October 15 1994 Pace Gallery
1994 - John Chamberlain Recent Sculpture September 17-october 15 1994 Pace Gallery (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781878283474
ISBN-10: 1878283472
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Wide-Point The Photography of John Chamberlain
1993 - Wide-point the Photography of John Chamberlain (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780943526249
ISBN-10: 0943526248
Genre: Arts & Photography
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John Chamberlain Recent work  October 24-November 28 1992
1992 - John Chamberlain Recent Work October 24-november 28 1992 (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781878283269
ISBN-10: 187828326X
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The Enterprising Americans A Business History of the United States
The Turnabout Years America's Cultural Life 1900-1950
1991 - The Turnabout Years America's Cultural Life 1900-1950 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780915463619
ISBN-10: 091546361X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Gondolas and Dooms Day Flotilla
1990 - Gondolas and Dooms Day Flotilla (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780944521212
ISBN-10: 0944521215
Genres: Reference, Engineering & Transportation
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Corrosion for Students of Science and Engineering
1988 - Corrosion for Students of Science and Engineering (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780470207949
ISBN-10: 0470207949
Genre: Science & Math
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A colour atlas of extra-anatomic bypass for lower limb vascular disease
1988 - A Colour Atlas of Extra-anatomic Bypass for Lower Limb Vascular Disease [Single surgical procedures] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780815116288
ISBN-10: 0815116284
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Physics in Context [An Integrated Approach] (Hardcover)