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Isaac Disraeli


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 : Quarterly Review (no. 5)

Isaac D'Israeli to John Murray, 2 August 1810: 'I took the Q[uarterly]. R[eview]. with me. I like it well; and I do think it is far better than what you imagined it to be. The article on the "Fatal Revenge" is exquisite in humour, and very ingenious in criticism. I long to get to the Chinese article -- "Ramayuna."'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Isaac Disraeli      Print: Serial / periodical


George Gordon Lord Byron : The Corsair

John Murray to Lord Byron, 3 February 1814, on first reception of The Corsair: 'Never, in my recollection, has any work, since the "Letter of Burke to the Duke of Bedford," excited such a ferment [...] I sold, on the day of publication, -- a thing perfectly unprecedented -- 10,000 copies; and I suppose thirty people, who were purchasers (strangers), called to tell the people in the shop how much they had been delighted and satisfied. Mr. Moore says it is masterly, -- a wonderful performance. Mr. Hammond, Mr. Heber, D'Israeli, every one who comes [...] declare their unlimited approbation. Mr. Ward was here with Mr. Gifford yesterday, and mingled his admiration with the rest [...] Gifford did what I never knew him do before -- he repeated several passages from memory [...] I was with Mr. Shee this morning, to whom I had presented the poem; and he declared himself to have been delighted [...] I have the highest encomiums in letters from Croker and Mr. Hay'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Isaac Disraeli      Print: Book


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