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Caroline Norton


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George Gordon Lord Byron : Don Juan

Caroline Norton to John Murray, 4 November 1837: 'I have received "Don Juan" and the October Quarterly [Review]. ... In thanking you for the two volumes of Byron belonging to the present beautiful edition, I must tell you that I had never read "Don Juan" [italics]through[end italics] before, which very few women in England of my age in England could say, -- and which I do not mind owning, since it adds greatly to the pleasure with which I perused the poem. I am afraid, in spite of the beauty, the wit, and the originality of the work, I think, with the Guiccioli [Byron's last mistress] -- "Mi rincrese solo che Don Giovanni non resti al inferno." It is a book which no [italics]woman[end italics] will ever like, whether for the reasons given by the author, or on other accounts, I will not dispute. To me the effect is like hearing some sweet and touching melody familiar to me as having been sung by a lost friend and companion, suddenly struck up in quick time with all the words parodied.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Caroline Norton      Print: Book


Catherine Gore : Cecil

Caroline Norton to John Murray, 4 March 1840: 'Blessed be he [sic] who lately wrote "Cecil" (though it be but a novel), for it beguiled me through a weary night, and made me forget I had a pain in my side.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Caroline Norton      Print: Book


H. Nelson Coleridge : 'Modern English Poetesses'

Caroline Norton to John Murray, 31 October 1840: 'I ought to have thanked you from Ventnor, instead of waiting till my return to town, for your kindness in sending me an early copy of the Quarterly, containing all that comfortable flattery respecting "The Dream" [comments further].'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Caroline Norton      Print: Serial / periodical


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