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Record 16733

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 28 August 1841: 'In regard to Miss Garrow's poetry, I cannot to please any person in the world take the Landor & Kenyon estimate of it. Mr Landor, you know, says "Sappho" -- and Mr Kenyon says [...] "wonderful genius!" [...] The best poem I have seen of hers, is the Ballad in Lady Blessington's Keepsake for next year [...] and I think & feel of that ballad as of the rest, that it is flowingly & softly written, with no trace of the thing called genius [...] It is right to admit that I have seen only four or five poems -- but those were selected ones .. for Lady Blessington -- (two selected by Mr Landor)'.
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1841 and 28 Aug 1841
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:Elizabeth Barrett
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 6 Mar 1806
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: Evangelical
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Theodosia Garrow
Title: 'The Doom of Cheynholme'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16733  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1987
  Vol: 5
  Page: 120
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1987), 5, p. 120,, accessed: 13 July 2024

Additional comments:

Source eds note that text must have been read in MS, as The Keepsake for 1842, for which it was selected by Lady Blessington, the anthology's editor, was not published until November 1841 (see p.121 n.8).



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