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Elizabeth Inchbald


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Elizabeth Inchbald : Nature and Art

Read the 2d volume of Mrs Inchbald's 'Nature & Art'. It is a pretty little thing, not in the same way as the 'Italian'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Hunter      Print: Book


Elizabeth Inchbald : Nature and Art

I finished Mrs Inchbald's 'Nature and Art', the second volume is not so pleasing as the first, but yet it has a very pleasing conclusion, showing the destruction of vice & the hapiness of virtue.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Hunter      Print: Book


Elizabeth Inchbald : A Simple Story

"I have just been reading, for the fourth time, I believe, The Simple Story, which I intended this time to read as a critic, that I might write to Mrs Inchbald about it; but I was so carried away by it that I was totally incapable of thinking of Mrs Inchbald or anything but Miss Milner and Doriforth, who appeared as real persons... I think it the most pathetic and the most powerfully interesting tale I ever read."

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Maria Edgeworth      Print: Book


Elizabeth Inchbald : Simple Story, A

'Will you answer me one more question ?Is not the "Simple Story" more pathetic than "Persuasion"?'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


Elizabeth Inchbald : Nature and Art

[Transcribed in Lady Caroline's hand]: ?From Nature & Art There is a word in the vocabulary more bitter, more direful in its import than all the rest?if poverty if bodily pain if disgrace even if flighted love be your unhappy fate kneel & bless heaven for its beneficent influence [...] William was gone ? her lover her Friend was gone & with him gone all that excels of happiness which is presence had bestow?d [?] She wished it had been kinder even for his sake who wrote it yes said she after a pause ? he has only the fault of inconstancy and that has been caused by my change of conduct ? had I been virtuous still he had still been affectionate?Bitter thought & true! ??

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Lady Caroline Lamb      


Elizabeth Inchbald : Nature and Art

'[William] Godwin, no mean judge of a novel's excellence, could not help lamenting the fewness of [Elizabeth Inchbald's] productions. On reading the MS. of "Nature and Art," he wrote to her: "It seems to me that the drama puts shackles upon you, and that the compression it requires prevents your genius from expanding itself."'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: William Godwin      Manuscript: Unknown


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