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PARKES, Elizabeth Rayner [Bessie] (1829-1925). Campaigner for women's rights & journalist.
Good, long Autograph Letter Signed ('Bessie Rayner Parkes') to an unnamed correspondent, 6½ pages 8vo, 2 Savile Row, 17 November 1852. An encouraging letter written to an aspiring poet, praising the writer's work and promising to help their progress.
'... I will take your book to Barry Cornwall's, and when Mr & Mrs Browning return to England next year they shall see it. ...
'It is comforting to reflect that Tennyson was 12 years in attaining a position in English literature (from 32 to 44 I think) and I reread the other day the bitterly satirical critique in the Quarterly, which greeted the now famous poet Laureate on his first coming into print. ...
'Why has Mr Patmore fallen below his promise? ... in the literary circles I never hear his name, but he will perhaps redeem his pledges ere long.
It would be interesting to know to whom this letter was written and how his career progressed. Bessie Parkes's own book of Poems was published in 1852, the date of this letter.
[No: 24379]


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