English Men of Letters

English Men of Letters

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...the proposition that he would never allow his Fannikin "to sacrifice a grain of female delicacy for all the wit of Congreve and Vanbrugh put together,"--and in this she was entirely of his mind. These letters preceded the interview with Sheridan; and as we have already said, she had probably begun to work on a comedy still earlier.1 When, in February, she got back to Streatham, she made the acquaintance of Arthur Murphy, in whose Way to Keep Him she had acted at Barborne Lodge. He, too, volunteered the suggestion that she should write for the stage. Comedy, in his opinion, was the forte of Evelina, and he offered his skilled assistance. He subsequently gave her some rules by which she was too far advanced in her work to profit--rules which, Johnson consolingly told her, she would do just as well without. In May her play is finished, though "on account of the various Maecenases who would expect to be consulted," the greatest secrecy is observed. Murphy applauds; and so does Mrs. Thrale. Johnson apparently was not consulted. But when it is carried off by Dr. Burney to "Daddy" Crisp, the verdict of Fanny's "highest court" is unfavourable. Indeed, in what she calls a "hissing, groaning, cat-calling epistle," they go as far as to recommend its suppression. Not only did it recall the Femmes Savantes of Moliere (which Fanny had never read), but they regarded the plot and 1 See Diary and Letters, 1892, i. p. 48. incidents as insufficient to hold the attention of the audience. Fanny took her disappointment bravely, and at once threw her work aside. Later on, when it became necessary to explain matters to Sheridan, there was some talk of remodelling, and with this object the fourth act was almost entirely...show more

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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236499328
  • 9781236499325