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Autograph letter signed : Keswick, to John Wilson Croker, 1812 Nov. 25.

Author: Robert Southey; John Wilson Croker
Edition/Format:   Manuscript   Archival Material : English
Publication:Collection of Robert Southey letters to John Wilson Croker (MA 1005) item 6
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Discussing his writing and saying that "twenty years ago I also could write one or two hundred lines a day & even at a later time (1799) 1200 of the best lines which I ever wrote were produced in one week. I am now comparatively a slow writer, rejecting more of what occurs, less easily satisfied with what is not rejected & less ardent in what was once my passionate pursuit. You need not be told that there is no  Read more...
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Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Southey; John Wilson Croker
OCLC Number: 773289956
Notes: Address panel addressed to "John Wilson Croker, Esq / & c & c &c."
Part of a collection of letters from Robert Southey to John Wilson Croker. Letters in this collection have been described individually in separate catalog records; see collection-level record for more information.
Description: 1 item (3 pages, with address) ; 22.9 cm

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Discussing his writing and saying that "twenty years ago I also could write one or two hundred lines a day & even at a later time (1799) 1200 of the best lines which I ever wrote were produced in one week. I am now comparatively a slow writer, rejecting more of what occurs, less easily satisfied with what is not rejected & less ardent in what was once my passionate pursuit. You need not be told that there is no intellectual exertion so delightful as that of composing a great poem: but my mind has attained a sort of quietism from which it does not willingly permit itself to be roused;" saying that he would "lay aside all other avocations & devote myself exclusively to the completion of my Portuguese histories. Yonder they lie unfinished upon the shelf, half-a-yard length of manuscripts, the work of many years ... I am of a short-lived race, & sometimes regret that any thing should compel me thus to leave undone that which in all human probability no other person will ever undertake with half the advantage that I have possessed;" informing him that his poem will most likely be 5500 lines "of which only 2400 are written;" adding that he would greatly appreciate his criticism as the sections of the poem are delivered to him.

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