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Record 19341

Reading Experience:

'By the way, we all admire _very greatly_ your beautiful little poem in the Boston Book. I dare say you don't care for the opinion of we three "weaker vessels" [i.e. De Quincey's three daughters], though Papa, like the dutiful parent he is, and though a "vain man", admits that our judgment in such matters is equal if not sometimes better than his. However in this case we one and all came separately to the conclusion that there was exquisite poetic grace and beauty in the lines. Who is the Poet you sent the mosses too [sic]? for we don't know one who has spoken of Venice that has been living since you could have written this. My sister Florence says that with one or two exceptions in the case of Longfellow and that most beautiful of writers Hawthorne, yours is nearly the only good thing in the book. I have not had time to look it over yet.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 31 Aug 1852 and 1 Nov 1852
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Lasswade
specific address: Mavish Bush
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:Florence De Quincey
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1827
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: part-time secretary for Thomas De Quincey
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: Thomas De Quincey's daughter


Text Being Read:

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Title: "Drowne's Wooden Image" in The Boston Book, being Specimens of Metropolitan Literature
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850
Provenance: owned
gift sent from the publisher


Source Information:

Record ID: 19341  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Willard Hallam Bonner
  Title: De Quincey at Work
  Place of Publication: Buffalo, NY
  Date of Publication: 1936
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 19
  Additional comments: Letter from Margaret De Quincey to James T. Fields, dated November 1, 1852

Citation: De Quincey, Willard Hallam Bonner (ed.), De Quincey at Work (Buffalo, NY, 1936), p. 19,, accessed: 24 April 2024

Additional comments:

Margaret's letter does not specify the Hawthorne text; however, Hawthorne's only contribution to the 1850 issue of The Boston Book, which Fields sent to the De Quinceys as a gift, was "Drowne's Wooden Image."



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