‘I May Write My name’: A Collector’s Fog-Born Elf

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Abstract

In a personal essay about cultic misprision of a manuscript leaf holding on one side Keats’s Sonnet to Sleep. Susan Wolfson tells a story of collecting, auctioning, and sales, from its composition in June 1820, a May 1829 auction, to news published in 1933, to eventual arrival in the Berg Collection in the New York Public Library. Various players include John Hamilton Reynolds, Sir John Bowring, wily bookseller William T. Spencer, the first and long-term curator of the Keats Memorial House in Hampstead, Fred Edgcumbe, and industrialist, diplomat, and bibliophile Owen D. Young. Although Wolfson is the principle author of this essay, it reflects considerable collaborative advice from Keats scholars John Barnard and Nicholas Roe.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)12-27
Number of pages16
JournalKeats-Shelley Review
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

Keywords

  • Fred Edgcumbe
  • John Hamilton Reynolds
  • John Keats
  • Sir John Bowring
  • Sonnet to Sleep
  • Willard B. Pope
  • William T. Spencer

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