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Record 15981

Reading Experience:

Thomas Campbell to Elizabeth Barrett, 28 August 1822, in response to her having asked his opinion of her narrative poem Leila: 'the poem is open to many objections -- It bespeaks an amiable heart and an elegant mind -- but it is the work of an inexperienced imagination & though the versification & expression are such as should make me very loth to exhort you to give up poetical composition Yet I should decieve you if I anticipated the story and main effect of the poem being likely to be popularly admired -- I have marked one or two passages to which I particularly object -- I object in general to its lyric intermixtures -- The are the most difficult of all gems to set in a Narrative poem & should always be of the first water.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Aug 1822 and 28 Aug 1822
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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:Thomas Campbell
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Elizabeth Barrett
Title: Leila
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 15981  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1984
  Vol: 1
  Page: 165
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1984), 1, p. 165,, accessed: 19 June 2024

Additional comments:



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