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for children   even to the boat incident.)       Love and honor to
thy name Defoe   thou hast left a legacy of pleasure and thought-
fulness to ages yet unborn.  What a truthful, homely narration
of mind and incident is it; and how English is Crusoe in every-
thing.  The style of the narrative is immutable, as is the story.
Nor is Defoe seduced, (as his imitators have been)  into painting
Solitude in too bright colors   yet what an intensely attractive book
is it, ever. 	How well Defoe describes character,   an English
sailor to wit   to the life.  The Englishman replied, like a true
rough-hewn tarpaulin  they might starve and be damn d   they
should not plant or build in that place.  / 	The religious
part of Crusoe is given with unstudied power,   nor would the book
be, as it is, a Complete one, without it.       And the gravity
and loneliness of the style is to my thinking more manly, more
English and expressive, that the pert, auctioneer s clip-word dialect
in use both on type and tongue now-a-days.   Verily old Chaucer,
simple, and deliberate dialect is ten-times preferable.  We can t
think excepting in exaggerated short-hand.   Read a line of Milton
  the most common-place one to be found, and is not the very utterance
of it musical.          / 		This morning, as I sat in
my room, door half open, I heard Mrs Holt, the landlady
scolding some unhappy female boarder below.   It was done
with all violence and coarse opprobrium   possibly-lack of
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page eighty-eight
Description:Comments on the writing styles of Defoe, Chaucer, and Milton.
Date:1850-02-13
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Chaucer, Geoffrey; Defoe, Daniel; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holt, Mrs.; Milton, John; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-two volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.