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#644 - William Cullen Bryant

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The 19th century romantic looks to poetry of the past

ALS and lengthy unsigned handwritten manuscript sent to prominent clergyman and author Edward Everett Hale: ALS signed “W. C. Bryant,” one page, 5 x 8, July 10, 1872. In part: “I said that I would rather write something for your periodical concerning some of the elder poets of our language than concerning my contemporaries. To show you that I have not forgotten…I send you a paper upon Oldham’s poems.” The handwritten manuscript is unsigned, eighteen pages, 8 x 10, entitled “Oldham’s Poems,” with Bryant’s name written below in another hand. Bryant pens a lengthy manuscript featuring several quotes from the work of Oldham, Pope, Dryden, and Johnson, discussing Oldham’s poetic development and career. In part: “I have been looking over the poems of Oldham, which are not little read. I have never seen the book in any private library in this country, and yet a poet whom Dryden warmly commended and from whom Pope and Swift and Johnson did not disdain to borrow cannot be entirely unworthy of attention even in an age which has produced so many eminent poets as that in which we live.” Scattered soiling throughout the manuscript and binding remnants to the left edge, otherwise overall fine condition. This piece was published in the September 1872 issue of Old and New, a magazine founded and edited by Hale. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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