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John Kenyon


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Elizabeth Barrett : An Essay on Mind with Other Poems

John Kenyon to his distant relative Elizabeth Barrett, on the latter's An Essay on Mind (read in a copy borrowed from Barrett), 12 July 1826: 'I had scarcely quitted you, when I thought that I had been very injudicious, to say the least, to beg your book -- Probably enough, you may not have another in the house. [...] 'Your work has not afforded solitary pleasure -- Mrs Kenyon [wife] has shared it with me, and Mr Philipps is making himself acquainted with it. 'For myself, claiming a cousin-ship in some degree or other, I have read it with pride as well as pleasure [goes on to discuss various pieces and passages further].'

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


Elizabeth Barrett : 'Some Account of the Greek Christian Poets'

Elizabeth Barrett to Hugh Stuart Boyd, 2 April 1842: 'As to your kind desire to hear whatever in the way of favorable remark I have gathered for fruit of my papers [on the Greek Christian poets], I put on a veil and tell you that Mr Kenyon thought it well done altho' "labor thrown away from the unpopularity of the subject" -- that Miss Mitford was very much pleased [...] that Mrs Jamieson read them "with great pleasure" unconsciously of the author, -- & that Mr Horne the poet & Mr Browning the poet were not behind in approbation! Mr Browning is said to be learned in Greek [...] & of Mr Horne I should suspect something similar. Miss Mitford & Mrs Jamieson altho' very gifted & highly cultivated women are not Graecians & therefore judge the papers simply as English compositions. 'The single unfavorable opinion is Mr Hunter's who thinks that the criticisms are not given with either sufficient seriousness or diffidence, & that there is a painful sense of effort through the whole.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Kenyon      Print: Serial / periodical


William Wordsworth : letter to Crabbe Robinson

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 25 March 1843: 'Mr Kenyon came to see me yesterday [...] and he brought & read to me a letter from Mr Wordsworth to Mr Crabbe Robinson speaking with great feeling of the release of the poor Laureate [i.e. the death of Robert Southey]'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Kenyon      Manuscript: Letter


Jane Austen : Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 6 July 1843: 'Mr Kenyon came yesterday -- & he had just been reading, he said, "Pride & Prejudice", .. driven into making an acquaintance with Miss Austen in despite of his anti-novelism, by the buzz of admiration which beset him from Mr Harness, and others [goes on to report Kenyon's enthusiastic praises of novel, as well as his reservations concerning its 'want of elevation', in what she confesses are not necessarily 'verbatim' terms]'.

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


Richard Hengist Horne : Orion

Elizabeth Barrett to Richard Hengist Horne, 7 July 1843: 'Mr Kenyon was with me yesterday, and praised "Orion" most admiringly. He had read it only in parts yet, through a press of occupation, but he had from these parts, he said, the same sort of pleasure as from Keats's "Endymion" or "Hyperion;" and what particularly charmed him was the versification.'

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


Harriet Martineau : extract from letter to Edward Moxon, reporting seance

Elizabeth Barrett to Julia Martin, 11 January 1845: 'Mr Kenyon has read to me an extract from a private letter -- addressed by H. Martineau to Moxon the publisher, .. to the effect that ... Lord Morpeth was down on his knees in the middle of the room a few nights ago, in the presence of the somnambule J__ & conversing with her in Greek & Latin -- that .. the four Miss Liddels were also present, .. & that .. they five talked to her during one seance in five foreign languages, .. viz .. Latin, Greek, French, Italian & German.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Kenyon      Manuscript: Letter


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