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Barton, Anna Jane

Letters, scraps of manuscript, and printed poems: the correspondence of Edward FitzGerald and Alfred Tennyson. Anna Jane Barton.
Victorian Poetry, 46 (2008), nr 1, p. 19-35.

Edward FitzGerald begins the concluding paragraph of his final letter to Alfred Tennyson by relieving him of any obligation to write back. In so doing he draws the history of their correspondence to an appropriate close. Over the course of nearly half a century of friendship, FitzGerald had learnt not to expect replies to his regular letters. After 1850, when Tennyson's marriage removed him from London and out of the company of his friend, FitzGerald wrote at least every six months, obedient to a wish, expressed by...