Sunday, March 28, 2010


"...Reading at intervals a novel called Granby; one of that very difficult class which aspires to describe the actual current of society, whose colours are so evanescent that it is difficult to fix them on the canvas. It is well written, but over-laboured—too much attempt to put the reader exactly up to the thoughts and sentiments of the parties. The women do this better: Edgeworth, Ferrier, Austen have all had their portraits of real society, far superior to anything man, vain man, has produced of the like nature..."

From Scott's Journal, March 28, 1826.

Thomas Lister authored Granby.  Lister was born in 1800, and did not complete his 42nd year, dying in 1842.  Among his works was a Life of Clarendon.

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