A Last Confession (draft fragment)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: [Untitled]
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1869 October
Type of Manuscript: draft
Note: The manuscript comprises four small leaves.
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Princeton U. Library, Troxell Collection
Catalog Number: 23292, Troxel CO189, Box 5 folder 6

Physical Description

Paper: each small leaf is 18 x 11.4cm
Other Physical Features: The watermark is incomplete on each of the leaves.

Scholarly Commentary


These four small manuscript leaves represent a compositional moment prior to the copying of the Fitzwilliam Manuscript. These manuscript fragments suggest that the manuscript of the poem that DGR put in his wife's coffin lacked this passage (received lines 349-403), which was probably an addition made to the text in October 1869 as DGR was preparing to recast the poem for printing in the Exhumation Proofs.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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