ALS. Responding to a query by Adelman, Turner recounts how Oscar Wilde came to own a copy of The Shropshire lad inscribed by Turner. Turner also gives details on the writing of the ballad of Reading gaol. "Oscar Wilde admired the 'Shropshire lad' immensely and there can be no doubt that it influenced him while writing the Ballad." He also mentions that he and Robert Ross were at Wilde's bedside when he died.
ALS. Describes in detail an exasperating transaction involving Edward Cope, himself, and a Mrs. Poirier. "I cannot conceive the society to be more anxious for their collection than Mrs. Poirier is for her money and the end of the affair ... I too am anxious to see the end of a business that has given me much trouble and made me a witness and part of much greater than my own."
ALS. Caustic letter referring to Kernahan's paper on Heine: "As I know nothing whatever about him myself - I wish you had sent me one I could better have judged your critical power by." Criticizes K. for "confusing statements of opinion respecting Rossetti's poetry, with references to his work in an art of which you know nothing."
ALS. Moore laments the fickleness of the British reading public and envies Byron his popularity, which is never adversely affected by changes in public taste: "The Public tires of us all, good & bad, and I rather think ... I shall cut the connexion entirely. How you ... can go on writing for it has long ... been my astonishment ... If England doesn't read us, who the devil will?"
ALS. "There is an Essay on English Metrical Law by Coventry Patmore ... which deals with the sort of thing you ask about. Thank you for sending me your poems, which seem to me better than many printed in magazines."
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