Nov 08, 2018 - Sale 2492

Sale 2492 - Lot 307

Price Realized: $ 6,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, working draft with a few holograph corrections, a 24-line fragment from the middle of her essay entitled "Walter Savage Landor" [published anonymously in R.H. Horne's A New Spirit of the Age], 1844. 1 page, 8vo; faint scattered staining, remnants of prior mounting at corners verso. Np, [1843-44]

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In full: "forth, is of the first order. He is classical in the highest sense. His conceptions stand out, clearly cut and fine, in a magnitude and nobility as far as possible removed from the small and sickly vagueness common to this century of letters. If he seems obscure at times, it is from no infirmity or inadequacy of thought or word, but from extreme concentration, and involution in brevity--for a short string can be tied in a knot, as well as a long one. He can be tender, as the strong can best be; and his pathos, when it comes, is profound. His descriptions are full and startling; his thoughts, self-produced and bold; and he has the art of taking a commonplace under a new aspect, and of leaving the Roman brick, marble. In marble indeed, he seems to work; for there is an angularity in the workmanship, whether of prose or verse, which the very exquisiteness of the polish renders more conspicuous. You may complain too of hearing the chisel; but after all, you applaud the work--it is a work well done. The elaboration produces no sense of heaviness--the severity of the outline does not militate against beauty. If it is cold, it is also noble--if not impulsive, it is suggestive. As"