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Record 10032

Reading Experience:

?Dear Sir, if you had condescended to write a few lines with these copy Books I should have had greater pleasure in reading them at present I cannot even guess what they are or why you sent them to me. I should have conceived basing[?] a few hard words that it was one of the stories I wrote some fifteen years ago ? as it bears all the marks of that work of premature genius which some romantic children have - & which seldom I think does them any other service than to lead them headlong into love & folly before the usual time I should say it was the production of what Sir Moore properly defines a Girl of Genius unless perchance it is the school effusion of some boy of that sort ? it is very clever, very original in parts ? very imitative in others and tho the whole thing occasioned by having either read some poetry or seen some play that has filled the Authors[sic] head ? with mystery ? wildness & extravagance ? if it is to be published it must of course be reread & rewritten - & if you knew how sick I was of ?Moments of Gloom? mysterious personages ??care worn brows" marble hearts - & the whole of that which deceived me & many others, you would never send me any think of the sort I think however seriously this that if the person who wrote this be young & inexperienced, they will soon write very well & must be very clever. if they be at their best ? I donot [sic] much admire them?
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1816 and 1 Dec 1827
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Lady Caroline Lamb
Age n/a
Gender n/a
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1785
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: socialite, novelist, influential member of the Whig political elite
Religion: Christian
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n?e Ponsonby


Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: [copy books]
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Copy Books
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (private library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 10032  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby)
  Title: n/a
  Location: John Murray Archive
  Call no: Acc.12604/4144 B
  Page/folio: unfoliated

Citation: Lady Caroline Lamb (n?e Ponsonby), John Murray Archive, p. Acc.12604/4144 B, p. unfoliated,, accessed: 24 February 2024

Additional comments:

The word 'basing' is questionable, as Lady Caroline's hand is sometimes quite difficult to read. Transcribed by Lindsey Eckert



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