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Dear friends and readers, I’ve not given up or put away my review of the new Cambridge Finch volume altogether. I’ve been reading (for example) Gillian Wright’s Producing Women’s Poery, 1600-1730: Text and Paratext, Manuscript and Print: a study of women’s poetry as the texts appear in the manuscripts across this era.  I’m going to […]

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Jane Austen writing — as imagined and drawn by Isabel Bishop (1902-88) Dear friends and readers, Doubtless you will remember how last spring, early and late I was examining the later manuscripts of Jane Austen (using diplomatic transcripts, the online Jane Austen manuscript site), reading about the study of manuscripts in and of itself, and […]

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The 2nd volume is shorter than I cd wish — but the difference is not so much in reality as in look, there being a larger proportion of Narrative in that Part. (Austen, 29 January 1813) An attempt to present the manuscripts consistently to be read as works in their own right to a popular […]

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Amanda Vickery expatiating on a group of 18th century letters and what they reveal Dear Friends and Readers, Last May I announced that I would be going (once again) to the East Central region meeting of the American 18th century Society and that a proposal for a paper I was going to write over the […]

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Virginia, Leonard and Pinka Woolf One of Virginia Woolf’s desks Dear friends and readers, Here am I to tell you about the second two days of the virtual Virginia Woolf conference held a few weeks ago now (for Thursday and Friday). Saturday, the first session I could make was “Flush: Canine Relations.” Having taught Flush […]

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An enchanting ironic romance occurring in Tuscany This is the cover of the audio book Bernini’s Daphne and Apollo in the Galleria Borghese in Rome — to which our heroine, Lucy Stark, comes, is riveted by & comments on An enchanting ironic romance occurring in Tuscany Dear friends and readers, While I have for a […]

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Sisters, 1891, Elin Danielson-Gambogi (Finnish), 1861-1919. Quiet female friendship is such a rare topic (except the woman painter be painting discipleship) for fine painting, one must go to novel illustrations and I can’t think of any of sufficient beauty for my purpose From the Circuit of Appollo, a poem by Anne where she names (unfortunately […]

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Thus even in sleep conscience’s anxiety/pounds the heart awake — Christa Wolf, translating Aeschylus, Cassandra (p 216) Dear friends and readers, Today I returned for a third time to my project to read carefully, review and evaluate and then write a comprehensive accurate review of the new Cambridge edition of Anne Finch’s poetry. What strikes […]

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Anne Bronte by herself, drawn as a girl seeking, looking out Dear friends and readers, A couple of week ago now I wrote out some notes I took on two separate occasions, a talk on zoom from the Gaskell house and Haworth cottage on Elizabeth Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Bronte, and two talks from an […]

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Vittorio DiMeglio — Ponte Vecchio in Florence Dear friends and readers, It’s been such a long time since the last selection or couple of poems translated by me from Vittora Colonna’s Amaro Lagrimar (Bitter Crying), as I call her immense sonnet sequence – the phrase taken from her first poem, “Scrivo sol per sfogar l’interna […]

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