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[Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "Review of New Books," Burton's Gentleman's Magazine, VI, January 1840, pp. 53-58.]

[page 53:]

 

REVIEW OF NEW BOOKS.

[[The first item is a long review by Poe of Thomas Moore's Alciphron, a Poem]]

[page 57:]

[[The second item is a review of A Continuation of the Memoirs of Charles Mathews, Comedian. This review is probably by William E. Burton, himself a well-known stage comedian.]]

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The Governess.  By the Countess of Blessington.  Two volumes.  Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia, [[.]]

    We like the "Governess" much better than any thing we have as yet seen from the pen of Mr. Willis' pet, the Countess of Blessington.  The story is pretty well told ;  there are some passages of pathos, and some of a good, broad, hearty humor, altogether foreign to what we considered the nature of the Countess.  In general this lady is only remarkable for the tranquility of her style, and should be put at the head of the school of the quietists.  She is never extravagant, never overpowering not she.  She never startles a body to death.  We never knew her, before this last attempt, [[to]] get out of the every-day, slow-and-sure, good old-fashioned, creep-easy jog-trot of the most orthodox and commendable common-place.  "The Governess" has exalted her no little in our estimation.  It will be received with favor, and read with interest.

 

Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque.  By Edgar A. Poe.  Two volumes.  Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia.

    Messieurs L. and B. have just issued twenty-five stories, having the above title, which pretty well indicates their general character.

 
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