ALS 4 pages, small octavo, Henley on Thames, March 28, [1873] to Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton)

SWINBURNE, Algernon C (1837-1909) 4 pages, small

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An interesting letter that deals, amongst other things with a reissue of "my old undergraduate volume of tweleve years since" (ie Swinburne's first book: The Queen Mother and Rosamond (1860) "which fell dead from the press." (DNB), the writing and publication of "Bothwwell" and the appearance of two of the "Dirae Sonnets". In part: "I should naturally wish "Bothwell" to be published by Chapman if we agree as to terms . Alas, here is my birthday coming on me in a week, and three months since I was in hopes to have it ready by this birthday and there are as yet 21 scenes at least to write. But it is the kind of work that gets itself done at a spurt, and there is no use trying to force a spurt. I am not much inclined to take the bloom off any part of the work by republishing any of the songs (two English and one French) here or in America. Nevertheless L10 notes are very desirable things. . You may have seen that I am issuing in the "Examiner" a series of sonnets which were once to have appeared in the "Songs Before Sunrise" but are better separate. I have written two fresh ones on the bursting of the poison-bladder at Chislehurst." The letter is printed in Lang's "The Swinburne Letters", vol. 2. Lang notes indicates that one of the sonnets is "The Descent into Hell" published as part of "Dire" in the "Examiner", June 7, 1873 and reprinted in "Songs of Two Nations" (1875). A fine literary letter. Wikipedia: "Algernon Charles Swinburne (5 April 1837 10 April 1909) was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He wrote several novels and collections of poetry such as Poems and Ballads, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. A controversial figure at the time, Swinburne was a sado-masochist and alcoholic and was obsessed with the Middle Ages and lesbianism.Theodore Watts-Dunton (12 October 1832 6 June 1914) was an English critic and poet. He is often remembered as the friend and minder of Algernon Charles Swinburne, whom he rescued from alcoholism". Bookseller Inventory #

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