Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 8vo, Grove Cottage, Haverstock Grove, 9 February 1864. To J.A. Langford.

BUCHANAN, ROBERT.

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Autograph letter signed, 2pp, 8vo, Grove Cottage, Haverstock Grove, 9 February 1864. To J.A. Langford, the Birmingham antiquary and journalist: "Pray do not put yourself to any inconvenience concerning the Lecture. I have by no means decided to read in Birmingham, tho' I thought such a contingency was possible.'' Buchanan says that he won't be able to do anything until next winter, and thanks Langford for his recent book of poems ("I shall read them leisurely.''). A little soiled and worn; traces of paper tape on verso, but in good condition.

In 1864, as in 1859, Langford published a volume of commemorative poems on Shakespeare.

Robert Williams Buchanan (1841&1901); English poet and novelist. "During his student years he became an ardent devotee of the theatre, and especially of Shakespeare; in his reminiscences he describes how one particular production of King Lear 'focused [his] feelings into humanitarianism, and gave to [his] mind no little of the human sympathy which it possesses' (ibid., 34). He also made the acquaintance of various actors, among them the young Henry Irving. A fellow student at the university, David Gray, became a close friend, and together they developed a passionate enthusiasm for poetry...." (ODNB) (Item ID: 2255)



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