Syracuse University Special Collections, Alfred McKinley Terhune Collection, Edward FitzGerald, Bernard Barton, poetry
Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | History
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.
Martin, Jeffrey P. "Edward FitzGerald and Bernard Barton: An Unsparing Friendship." The Courier 24.2 (1989): 29-43.