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Sydney Owensen : Novice of St Dominic, The

''We talked a great deal of our poor friend, Lady E[-], and lady [-] said she thought the portrait of Imogen, in the Novice of St Dominic, was a fac-simile of her character, and not at all a flattered portrait; that it had always appeared to her wonderful how the authoress of that novel should have so correctly portrayed Lady E[-] without knowing her [...] Lady [-] and myself then discussed the merit of Miss Owenson, and agreed, as I believe most people do, in thinking her a very extraordinary woman, with genius of a very high stamp. When I told Lady [-] I had never read the Novice of St Dominic, she was much surprised, and said, "Read it without delay, for the enthusiasm and exquisite sentiments which are conspicuous throughout the whole work, will enchant you. It is a most fascinating book. Perhaps you will find the half of the first volume heavy, and the language, though beautiful in parts, inflated. But I greatly prefer Imogen to the superhuman Corinne, whose character, though pleasing as a whole, is not always natural or consistent".'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Lady [-]      Print: Book


Susan Ferrier : Marriage

'I visited Lady [-], who was engaged in reading Miss F[errier]'s new novel. I told her, I heard she did not acknowledge being the authoress. Lady [-] observed it was surprising she should be so well acquainted with the living, talking, &c., of fashionable people, as she had heard that Miss F[errier] knew nobody belonging to that class of persons except the Argyll family'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Lady [-]      Print: Book


Sydney Owenson : Woman, or Ida of Athens

'"At that time [ca 1809]", continued Lady [-], "all the world was engaged in reading Ida of Athens. I think it was likely to please a [italics] vivid imagination [end italics], but would displease the matter of fact reader. The language is, in my opinion, pedantic, and fatigues the eye and ear with a constant glitter of high flown words; though some parts of it are doubtless very beautiful. But the sentiments are so bedizened with tinsel that they are hardly to be made out".'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Lady [-]      Print: Book


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