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Jean Ingelow


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Jean Ingelow : Don John

'we first drew the curtains all round her four-post bed, so that it was quite dark inside; and then, having pulled them back again, we took off our shoes and all got into bed with her, while she read us a chapter of the current book... Aunt Etty was the best reader-aloud I have ever known. She could alter bits which she did not consider suitable, skip whole pages and episodes, and join the narrative up again with an invisible seam; or turn an unhappy ending into a happy one without anyone being able to guess at the liberties she had taken... After her death I found a book she had once read to us: "Don John" by Jean Ingelow. The story is about two changelings, a bad boy and a good one. By a series of accidents, nobody quite knows which boy belongs to which family. In the end it is proved that the good boy is the son of the bad parents, and vice versa. This was more than Aunt Etty's eugenic conscience could bear; and... she changed the entire sense of the book... none of us ever discovered the fraud... till, thirty years later, when I happened to find the book again'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Henrietta Litchfield      Print: Book


Jean Ingelow : Rhyming chronicle of incidents and feelings

'I have only just returned to town, and found the Rhyming Chronicle [title underlined]. Your cousin must be worth knowing: there are some very charming things in her book... I really have only skimmed a few pages.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Tennyson      Print: Book


Jean Ingelow : A Rhyming Chronicle of Incidents and Feelings

Alfred Tennyson to 'Miss Holloway (of Spilsby)', 'about her cousin Miss Jean Ingelow's poems, A Rhyming Chronicle of Incidents and Feelings': 'I have only just returned to town, and found the Rhyming Chronicle. Your cousin must be worth knowing; there are some very charming things in her book, at least it seems so to me, tho' I do not pique myself on being much of a critic at first sight, and I really have only skimmed a few pages. Yet I think I may venture to pronounce that she need not be ashamed of publishing them. Certain things I saw which I count abominations, tho' I myself in younger days have been guilty of the same, and so was Keats. I would sooner lose a pretty thought than enshrine it in such rhymes as "Eudora" "before her," "vista" "sister." She will get to hate them herself before she gets older, and it would be a pity that she should let her book go forth with these cockneyisms. If the book were not so good I should not care for these specks, but the critics will pounce upon them, and excite a prejudice.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Tennyson      Print: Book


Jean Ingelow : [poems?]

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Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: John Ruskin      Print: Book


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