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James Macpherson (as 'Ossian')


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James Macpherson (as 'Ossian') : 'Carthon'

Elizabeth Barrett to Hugh Stuart Boyd, 5 January 1843: 'It is many years since I looked at Ossian; & I never did much delight in him as that fact proves. Since your letter came I have taken him up again -- & have just finished 'Carthon' -- There are beautiful passages in it [...] But [...] nothing is articulate -- nothing [italics]individual[end italics], nothing various.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


James Macpherson (as 'Ossian') : Ossian poems

Hugh Stuart Boyd to Elizabeth Barrett, 10 January 1843: 'I have read only a small part of Ossian [...] I have been reading a good deal of Dr Blair's Dissertation upon Ossian. The Miss Smiths can bear witness, that before I read it, I made several of the remarks which I afterwards found in Blair.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Hugh Stuart Boyd      Print: Book


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