Saturday, June 16, 2012

Algernon Charles Swinburne

[A pencil drawing (from a photograph) by Charles Fairfax Murray, inscribed by Swinburne, "Algernon Ch. Swinburne / To my friend F. Gledstanes Waugh / May 26th/68,"]

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)

Later in life, he maintained a courteous friendship with Janey Morris, who, with her daughter Jenny went to lunch at Putney in 1896.

He read us some of a new poem he is writing. I thought it very good indeed, but I was too tired to listen intently. He is always rather difficult to follow, as he puts so much action into his reading and things roll off the table making noises. All the same, we enjoy our visits, he is so friendly. (Peter Faulkner (ed.), Jane Morris to Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, 1986)

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