1828 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Felicia Hemans

Thomas Campbell, 1828 ca., Samuel Smiles, in A Publisher and his Friends: Memoir of John Murray (1891) 1:342.



When Mr. Murray was in doubt about any manuscript, he usually conferred with Croker, Campbell, or Gifford, who always displayed the utmost kindness in helping him with their opinions. Croker was usually short and pithy. Of one poem he said, "Trash, the dullest stuff I ever read." This was enough to ensure the condemnation of the manuscript. Campbell, when sending his "confidential opinion on the poem of Woman [Records of Woman?]" said, "In my opinion, though there are many excellent lines in it, the poem is not such as will warrant a great sum being speculated upon it. But, as it is short, I think the public, not the author or the publisher, will be in fault if it does not sell one edition."