Literary Cookery with Reference to Matter Attributed to Coleridge and Shakespeare: A Letter Addressed to "The Athenaeum"; with a Postscript Containing Some Remarks Upon the Refusal of that Journal to Print it ...

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Smith, 1855 - 12 pages
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Page 10 - J. Payne Collier, Esq." As I cannot find that the prospectus of Coleridge's lectures in 1818 (they began on 27th January, and finished on 13th March) was ever reprinted, and as I happen to know that it cost him no little trouble and reflection, I venture, though it is somewhat long, to subjoin the introduction to what is called the " Syllabus of the Course," disclosing the particular contents of the fourteen separate lectures.
Page 2 - ... upon Shakspeare. He admitted that in the interval between one lecture and another, a friend had put a German work into his hand which in some respects corresponded with his notions ; but he distinctly denied that he had ever seen it before, or that he had in any way been guided or influenced by it. It will be borne in mind, that all I have written belongs to the end of the year 1812, and the beginning of the year 1813. J. PAYNE COLLIER, Eiverside, Maidenhead.
Page 10 - Coleridge himself mentioned them in a conversation at my father's on 21st October, 1812. It was on the same occasion that he announced to us his intention of giving the lectures, of seven of which I have notes, and which commenced on the 18th November following. On the subject of his lectures at the Royal Institution, I may be excused for extracting the following passage from the daily record I then wrote. ' Coleridge said that for his first lecture at the Royal Institution...
Page 11 - ... lectures, nearly altogether devoted to Shakspeare (for Milton is only incidentally mentioned), cannot be without interest. I only wish that I had met with these relics of a genius so remarkably gifted before I put pen to paper for the edition of Shakspeare which came out in the years 1843 and 1844. I had carefully preserved Coleridge's printed
Page 2 - I have not marked the date of the day on which any lecture was delivered, excepting the first on Monday, Nov. 18, 1812 Lecture I. was chiefly devoted to the causes of false criticism : ' 1. Accidental, arising out of the particular circumstances of the age in which we live. ' 2. Permanent, arising out of the general principles of our nature.
Page 2 - I found it extremely difficult to keep my oands to their mechanical employment, and my eyes from becoming fixed upon his glowing countenance. It is singular that I have not marked the date of the day on which any lecture was delivered, excepting the first on Monday, Nov. 18, 1812...
Page 9 - I could follow a speaker with sufficient rapidity. £IĞnce the confidence I feel in what I have so lately brought to light; and now my original notes are all written out, they extend to from ten to forty sides of letter-paper for each lecture, apparently according to the interest I took in the particular topics. At a time when you are discussing in your'columns the important question, What has become of some of Coleridge's original manuscripts ? this discovery by me of seven of his lectures, nearly...
Page 8 - Should this condition not be complied with, or should publication be altogether refused, it is the writer's intention to have the letter immediately printed for diffusion through the post-office.

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