John Addington Symonds and ‘The Author of Beltraffio’
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because it was a constructive way of expressing the good will I felt towards you in consequence of what you had written about the land of Italy — and of intimating to you, somewhat dumbly, that I am an attentive and sympathetic reader. I nourish for the said Italy an unspeakably tender passion, and your pages always seemed to say to me that you were one of a small number of people who love it as much as I do — in addition to your knowing it immeasurably better. I wanted to recognize this (to your knowledge); for it seemed to me the victims of a common passion should exchange a look... I spent last winter in the United States and while I was there another old and excellent friend of mine, Sergeant Perry ... read me a portion of a note he had had from you, in which you were so good as to speak (in a friendly — a very friendly way) of the little paper in the Century ...
KeywordsIntimate Exchange Modern Ethic North American Literature Common Passion Sympathetic Reader
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