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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 104, December 13, 1852

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Identifier: DX01224282

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 5, page 104, December 13, 1852

Description: Comments briefly on Don Quixote.


he [Dillon Mapother] and his friend, (who had come also) left. / I called at [Thomas W.] Strongs while down town, and got money for drawing for his February-next number of Notions. / Supped at 7 then to Ludlow Street, [Edwin A.] Weed’s home, leaving two drawings on wood for him. Return to room, & down stairs reading aloud to [Alfred] Waud, [Alfred] Swinton & [Augustus] Fay, poesy of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and anon the earlier chapters of Lazarillo de Tormes, as far as the adventures with the poor Squire. Broke up at 11. (How very inferior is the Second Part of one H de Luna to the glorious First of gallant Don Diego Hurtado de Mendoзa, sometime ambassador to Venice! And how miserably the “Avallaneda” of Lazarillo misunderstood the character of the poor Squire, in making him rob Lazarillo! Why Don Quixote would have been as capable of a theft.

I had used to like the Second Part of Don Quixote better than the first. Wrong, in great measure! Charles Lamb has opened my eyes. Peccavi. /

Passing up the Bowery this night, I glancing at a huge play-board outside the “National Theatre,” (announcing some highwayman melodrama,) saw at the very bottom of the bill, as appearing in a small farce

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-12-13

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Books and reading


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