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Lot 42: Swinburne (Algernon Charles, poet and literary

Antiquarian Books

by Bloomsbury Auctions

December 14, 2012

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Swinburne (Algernon Charles, poet and literary critic, 1837-1909) Autograph Letter signed to to his sister Alice, "My dearest Ally", 4pp., 8vo, Tintagel, 26th October [1864], where he has just finished writing Atlanta, containing a lyrical description of his surroundings, "... the two or three days that I have got out this week I have come upon the most delicious clefts & coves... between the capes & headlands the small narrowing bays heaved without room for a wave to break, our broad back of green with wide shifting spaces esplashed of level foam thrown all about it & clear sunlight overhead & violent wind running up chines & gullies of rock, & the grass waving & blowing over the edge of the cliff... you stand out on a headland with deep sea in front & to right & to left & nothing before you but as it were the hidden end of a green field", explaining that he is "still quite disabled & closely confined & very worse still more dull", having sustained an injury to his foot, but had the winter not set in he would stay and enjoy the sea air rather than return to London, "as I am doubtless a wrecked pig in appearance & reality", and regretting having imposed upon and delayed his host and companion, the painter J.W. Inchbold, folds, browned. Only one letter from Swinburne's stay in Tintagel in 1864 is printed by Cecil Y. Lang, The Swinburne Letters, vol. I, 1959 (to Mary Gordon). ***"... in August [1864], Swinburne joined his friend John William Inchbold, the Leeds-born painter, in Tintagel, north Cornwall, until November. While in Cornwall Swinburne finished Atlanta in Calydon and wrote an elegy for Landor when news reached him of Landor's death that September." - Oxford DNB..

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