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John Henry Newman


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Anthony Trollope : unknown

'Probably the last letter ... [Anthony Trollope] wrote, before his fatal stroke in 1882, was to express pleasure on learning that Cardinal Newman read his novels.'

Century: 1850-1899 / 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Cardinal John Henry Newman      Print: Book


Jane Austen : Emma

'I have been reading "Emma". Everything Miss Austen writes is clever, but I desiderate something. There is a want of [italics] body [close italics] to the story. The action is frittered away in over-little things. There are some beautiful things in it. Emma herself is the most interesting to me of all her heroines. I feel kind to her whenever I think of her. But Miss Austen has no romance - none at all. What vile creatures her parsons are! she has not a dream of the high Catholic ethos. That other woman, Fairfax is a dolt - but I like Emma.'

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


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