A History of David Grieve

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"I am longing to hear what you think of ""D.[David]G.[Grieve]"" I read the first volume this morning — oh! how dull it is, how dull! how full of unnecessary detail, how flatlessly and pointlessly written! I like some of the childhood scenes, though I thought them nearly all in a measure spoilt by too great length and by that absolute want of humour which is characteristic of her. And why all that foolish ghost episode that leads to nothing, and why all those useless illnesses and deaths, and why all those long stories of the birth and parentage of each character? Then the Manchester part is awfully feeble and uninteresting — no I cannot think it will catch on even with the B.P. And all written with such effort and such painstaking — that"s the pity of it. I"m bound to say however that I think the English is very slipshod."

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Aged 24 [Experience in 1892, born in 1868]

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See also letter to Florence Bell 8 February 1892 http://www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk/letter_details.php?letter_id=70 in which Gertrude Bell describes Henry James's reaction to this novel: ' I went on to Audley Sq where presently Henry James appeared and delivered himself also on the subject of ""David"". Oh it was so good — he is the critic — so moderate, so just: and so contemptuous! Every sentence hit the right nail on the head, and every nail ran down into the coffin of Mrs Ward's reputation as a novelist.' It is not clear whether Gertrude Bell had herself read the novel at that stage.

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A History of David Grieve

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"I am longing to hear what you think of ""D.[David]G.[Grieve]"" I read the first volume this morning &mdash; oh! how dull it is, how dull! how full of unnecessary detail, how flatlessly and pointlessly written! I like some of the childhood scenes, though I thought them nearly all in a measure spoilt by too great length and by that absolute want of humour which is characteristic of her. And why all that foolish ghost episode that leads to nothing, and why all those useless illnesses and deaths, and why all those long stories of the birth and parentage of each character? Then the Manchester part is awfully feeble and uninteresting &mdash; no I cannot think it will catch on even with the B.P. And all written with such effort and such painstaking &mdash; that"s the pity of it. I"m bound to say however that I think the English is very slipshod."

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Aged 24 [Experience in 1892, born in 1868]

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See also letter to Florence Bell 8 February 1892 http://www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk/letter_details.php?letter_id=70 in which Gertrude Bell describes Henry James's reaction to this novel: ' I went on to Audley Sq where presently Henry James appeared and delivered himself also on the subject of ""David"". Oh it was so good &mdash; he is the critic &mdash; so moderate, so just: and so contemptuous! Every sentence hit the right nail on the head, and every nail ran down into the coffin of Mrs Ward's reputation as a novelist.' It is not clear whether Gertrude Bell had herself read the novel at that stage.

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