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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 48, November 4-5, 1849

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Identifier: DX08987803

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 48, November 4-5, 1849

Description: Discusses the works of Albert Smith and other authors.


clasped Tome on the Pyramids — good subject for a sketch — Lounged about for an hour, then getting coat and walked Ferry wards — dropping into Book auction by the way.

4. Sunday. Finished reading Albert Smith’s “Pottleton Legacy” which I purchased at the appropriate price of twenty cents in front of the Post Office. (Just for the sake of Ledbury and old Office days.) Albert Smith is the very price of snobs and finest of cockneyfied cockney-exterminators. As [G.P.R.] James’s novels are all Walter Scott and water, so are Smith’s, only in a more intense degree. [Charles] Dickens and water. Even in his address to his readers he plagiarizes Dicken’s bonhomme and cordial feeling, abominably. Ledbury was only a juvenile Mr Pickwick, even to the matter of spectacles — Jack Johnson was original and good. His Medical Student’s Physiology in “Punch” is as also excellent; — so in a great measure his “Evening Parties.” But a good tale is too much for him. In the more carefully-constructed novels of Dickens — God help him — he has well studied glorious old [Henry] Fielding in the matter of introducing little character or incident but what has its effect on the story, in its progress — (Tom Jones is a wonderful book that way.) Now this is altogether forgotten by Albert Smith, neither can he construct a good plot. And character he is horribly deficient in. No Paul de Kock, Dickens, Gentism, Fast men, desperate fun-making under trying circumstances; — and without great talk of the work and labour of doing it.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1849-11-04

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Books and reading


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