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John Hookham Frere


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George Gordon Lord Byron : Sketch from Private Life

'The "Sketch from Private Life" was one of the most bitter and satirical things Byron had ever written [...] Mr. Murray showed the verses to Rogers, Frere, and Stratford Canning. In communicating the result to Byron, he said:-- '"They have all seen and admired the lines; they agree that you have produced nothing better; that satire is your forte; and so in each class as you choose to adopt it [goes on to add readers' suggestions]."'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Hookham Frere      Manuscript: Unknown


George Gordon Lord Byron : Monody [on Sheridan]

John Murray to Byron, 12 September 1816: 'Respecting the "Monody," I extract from a letter which I received this morning from Sir James Mackintosh: "I presume I have to thank you for a copy of the "Monody" on Sheridan received this morning. I wish it had been accompanied by the additional favour of mentioning the name of the writer, at which I only guess: it is difficult to read the poem without desiring to know." 'Generally speaking it is not, I think, popular, and spoken of rather for fine passages than as a whole [...] Gifford does not like it; Frere does.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Hookham Frere      


George Gordon Lord Byron : Beppo

John Murray to Byron, 16 June 1818: 'Mr. Frere is at length satisfied that you are the author of "Beppo." He had no conception that you possessed the protean talent of Shakespeare, thus to assume at will so different a character.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Hookham Frere      


Walter Scott : Tales of My Landlord

John Murray to Walter Scott, on reception of Tales of My Landlord, 14 December 1816: 'Lord Holland said, when I asked his opinion: "Opinion? we did not one of us go to bed all night, and nothing slept but my gout." Frere, Hallam, and Boswell; Lord Glenbervie came to me with tears in his eyes. "It is a cordial," he said, "which has saved Lady Glenbervie's life." Heber, who found it on his table on his arrival from a journey, had not rest till he had read it. He has only this moment left me, and he, with many others, agrees that it surpasses all the other novels. Wm. Lamb also; Gifford never read anything like it, he says; and his estimation of it absolutely increases at each recollection of it. Barrow with great difficulty was forced to read it; and he said yesterday, "Very good to be sure, but what powerful writing is [italics]thrown away[end italics]."' '

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Hookham Frere      Print: Book


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