British Fiction, 18001829

BROWN, Charles Brockden. Jane Talbot (1804)

Anecdotal Records

Journal Entries by Mary Shelley.
15 Dec 1814.
[…] read Jane Talbot—very stupid book—some letters so so—but the old woman in it is so abominable—the young woman so weak—& the young man the only sensible one in the whole the authour [sic] of course contrives to bring to idiocy at the end.

16 Dec 1814.
[…] finish Jane Talbot.
Source: The Journals of Mary Shelley 1814–1844, ed. by Paula R. Feldman & Diana Scott-Kilvert, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987), I, 53.
Notes: In both entries, Shelley starts to write ‘Philip’ for ‘Jane’, perhaps confusing this novel with Brown’s Philip Stanley (EN2 1807: 10) which she also read.

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