Letter from Robert Browning to a friend [about Edward Fitzgerald's criticism of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, which led to a bitter attack on Fitzgerald by Browning], 20 July 1889
Scope and Contents
He opened a book at random and received 'this direst blow'; if Fitzgerald was an admirable person, 'this seems to aggravate rather than lighten the outrage'; though Fitzgerald disliked Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poetry, he need not have expressed 'relief at her death'; he will 'try and forget the sad business' and end his desire to know Fitzgerald; returns Lady Tennyson's sympathetic letter - a pity that Fitzgerald's words were not confined to his appreciative circle of friends; 'I hope never to need to revert to one of the most odious incidents of my life'
- Creation: 20 July 1889
- Browning, Robert, 1812-1889 (poet) (Person)
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Received in the Manuscripts Department in 1982