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Letter from George Steevens, London, to Samuel Johnson, 1780 October 27 : autograph manuscript signed.

Author: George Steevens; Samuel Johnson
Publisher: London, England, 1780 October 27.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
Publication:Manuscript of Johnson's Life of Pope
Summary:
Explaining the descrepancy in the sums paid by Alexander Pope to his two translator's Elijah Fenton and William Broome (for their work on Pope's translation of Homer's Odyssey): "I was once told (by Spence or Dr. Ridley) that Pope complained he had more trouble in the revisal of a single book translated by Broome, then with all that were executed by Fenton"; going on to observe that manuscripts of Fenton's  Read more...
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Named Person: Homer.; Elijah Fenton; William Broome; William Broome; Elijah Fenton
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: George Steevens; Samuel Johnson
OCLC Number: 270487480
Notes: Wriiten from "Hampstead heath."
Address panel reads, "Dr. Samuel Johnson, / Brighthelmstone."
Formerly housed with the manuscript of Johnson's Life of Pope and other items; for more information see main record for MA 205.
Description: 1 item (1 page) ; 22.6 x 18.8 cm

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Explaining the descrepancy in the sums paid by Alexander Pope to his two translator's Elijah Fenton and William Broome (for their work on Pope's translation of Homer's Odyssey): "I was once told (by Spence or Dr. Ridley) that Pope complained he had more trouble in the revisal of a single book translated by Broome, then with all that were executed by Fenton"; going on to observe that manuscripts of Fenton's translations of the Odyssey, now in the British Museum, show minimal corrections by Pope, although he did notably change the opening line of the first book; conveying the respects of Dr. Burney to Johnson in a postscript.

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