Authors/Contributors

Jeffrey P. Martin

Document Type

Article

Date

Fall 1989

Embargo Period

3-29-2011

Keywords

Syracuse University Special Collections, Alfred McKinley Terhune Collection, Edward FitzGerald, Bernard Barton, poetry

Language

English

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | History

Description/Abstract

This article details the correspodence between the "Quaker poet" Bernard Barton and famous literary figures of his era, especially his friend and fellow writer Edward FitzGerald. The source of the article is the Alfred McKinley Terhune Collection, found in Syracuse University's Special Collections. Barton's letters, which are often lively and full of fresh opinion, are (thankfully) still valued today, both for the subjects they deal with and for the people they address. As one critic has stated, "Barton never considered his own letters as literary productions. Rather he felt that his poetry was his sole claim to literary fame." It was a sad misjudgment that Barton had made, but one perhaps that kept him in the magic circle, letter-writing to his august friends for our subsequent edification.

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