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THE VISION OF DON RODERICK; A POEM

THE VISION OF DON RODERICK; A POEM

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THE VISION OF DON RODERICK; A POEM
200 €
(scott1811P)
ix, (iii), 122, (ii Books Lately Published) pages, contemporary half vellum with black title labels - the lower label is chipped, brown paper sides which are dull and worn, foxing towards the end particularly on signatures H to P, edges uncut, paper water marked 1808.
Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for John Ballantyne and Co. Hanover Street, Edinburgh; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London.
'The Vision of Don Roderick was written in celebration of Wellington's successes in the Peninsular Campaign, with all profits to be donated to Portuguese war sufferers. Composed in Spenserian stanzas, the poem was based on an episode in Ginés Pérez de Hita's Guerras civiles de Granada, one of Scott's favourite books as a boy. He began work on the poem at Ashestiel during the spring vacation of 1811 but found composition extremely hard-going. Upon completing the poem, he dismissed it in his correspondence as 'this patriotic puppet' (letter to John Morrit, 1 July 1811) and a mere 'Drum and Trumpet performance' (letter to William Hayley, 2 July 1811).' 'Published on July 2, 1811, The Vision of Don Roderick was, in spite of Scott's own negative assessment, well-received by the public and earned one hundred guineas for the Portuguese war fund. Critical reaction was more mixed. The vividness of its descriptions were widely praised though the Quarterly Review queried the propriety of mixing historical and allegorical figures and regretted that it lacked all suspense. Francis Jeffrey, writing in the Edinburgh Review similarly decried the absence of all story and characters but nonetheless admired the brilliance of Scott's tableaux. The Critical Review pointedly refrained from passing judgment given the poem's charitable purpose while the Eclectic Review regretted Scott's idolatry of Wellington and accused him of celebrating war and barbarity.'
From the Edinburgh University Digital Archive: http://www.walterscott.lib.ed.ac.uk/works/poetry/donroderick.html

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