Letter to Frederick Stephens, 2 February 1881

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Letter to Frederick Stephens, 2 February 1881
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1881 February 2
Type of Manuscript: letter
Person to Whom the Manuscript was Assigned: Frederick Stephens
Scribe: DGR


Current Location: The Bodleian Library

Scholarly Commentary


This letter with its long enclosure is important for its comments and revisions to the works that Stephens was shortly to write about in his 26 February 1881 article in The Athenaeum . Stephens originally intended to include a notice of Mnemosyne in his article, but DGR, as the letter shows, asked that it be excluded, and it was. The article deals with La Pia and The Day Dream . Like the letter to Stephens of 10 August 1875, this is a good example of the kind of relationship he had with his old friend Stephens, and the influence DGR exerted on Stephens' critical notices of DGR's work that he was writing for The Athenaeum during the 1860s, 70s, and 80s.

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