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Record 3876

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?To say the truth, my compliment is not so strong as it seems; for there is no English paper now wh. I can read without disgust. The Saturday, politically speaking, is intolerably wordy & pompous; the Spectator is Hutton; and the Pall Mall is Greenwood ? that is to say, a mere mass of petty rancour, always snarling in the attempt to be smart & as narrow-minded as if it was an ecclesiastical organ. My brother, I am thankful to say, does not write in it now & says he can?t read it. Really, it is hard to be without an organ; but even old Times, lying & trimming & idiotic as it is, is less offensive to me than these performances. The only paper wh. I am told has some go in it is The World & that is simply blackguard.?
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
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:Leslie Stephen
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Nov 1832
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Literary critic, historian, journalist, biographer
Religion: Christian
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:

Title: The Spectator
Genre: Essays / Criticism
Form of Text: Print: Newspaper
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 3876  
Source - Print  
  Author: Leslie Stephen
  Editor: John Bicknell
  Title: The Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen Vol. 1 1864-1882
  Place of Publication: Ohio State University Press
  Date of Publication: 1996
  Vol: 1
  Page: 160
  Additional comments: Letter from Leslie Stephen to Charles Eliot Norton (October 1875)

Citation: Leslie Stephen, John Bicknell (ed.), The Selected Letters of Leslie Stephen Vol. 1 1864-1882 (Ohio State University Press, 1996), 1, p. 160,, accessed: 25 July 2024

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