The Stealthy School of Criticism (Huntington Library unique proof)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: The Stealthy School of Criticism
Author: D. G. Rossetti
Publisher: F. S. Ellis
Printer: Strasngeways and Walden
City of publication: London
Date of publication: 1871
Pre-Publication Information: privately printed pamphlet
Pagination: [1-5], 6-23, [24]
Collation: [X] 7, A 8


Current Location: The Henry E. Huntington Library

Physical Description

Paper: white wove
Dimensions of Document: 8 x 5 6/16 in.

Scholarly Commentary


This is the only copy known to survive of the first version of DGR's reply to Robert Buchanan's abusive review of DGR's 1870 Poems . It was discovered in 2000 and acquired by the Huntington Library in 2001. This first version of the essay is half as long as DGR's published version. DGR was persuaded by his brother William and his publisher F. S. Ellis to cut the opening and closing sections, which they judged not only intemperate, but ineffective and possibly libellous.

This copy was preserved by DGR's publisher.

Printing History

While this text was the first printing of the work, the first published text appeared in The Athenaeum in December 1871, two months after Buchanan's review.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: The Huntington Library