Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

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Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby Livinghand » Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:10 pm

Thought these letters might be of interest to Keats enthusiasts. Sadly, we don't have Keats' own side of the correspondence, but they're quite a discovery all the same! http://livinghand.com/
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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby Raphael » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:23 pm

April Fools' day comes to mind- they are as about authentic as a plastic piano.
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby Cybele » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:41 am

Yeah, Raphael.
I'm more than a little sceptical, too.

It does seem to me that Ritchie and Keats were on friendly terms (I'm thinking here of both "The Immortal Dinner," by Penelope Hughes-Hallett, and the "Age of Wonder," by Richard Holmes. Both of these books hint at more than a nodding acquaintance between the two men. )

Alas, I doubt that there are any surviving letters between these two.

Phooey. It would certainly be cool if there were. :(
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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby Livinghand » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:40 am

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Shouldn't we have fun with it anyway?
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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby Raphael » Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:12 am

Livinghand wrote:Image

Shouldn't we have fun with it anyway?



I used to have one of those when I was a child! :lol: Though these days I prefer my Edwardian upright piano. :wink:
Your letters were rather fun and creative though Living Hand.
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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby Raphael » Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:26 am

Cybele wrote:
It does seem to me that Ritchie and Keats were on friendly terms (I'm thinking here of both "The Immortal Dinner," by Penelope Hughes-Hallett, and the "Age of Wonder," by Richard Holmes. Both of these books hint at more than a nodding acquaintance between the two men. )



I'd like to read The Immortal Dinner book. That is one of the most famous dinners of the 1800's!
John mentions Ritchie in 2 letters. The first is to George and Tom, 5 Jan 1818, in which he describes meeting him to Tom at Haydon's . He says that Ritchie was very polite to him and asked after Tom. Tom had met Ritchie in Paris.At this point John calls him "Richer"- he isn't sure of the right name.The second letter is to George and Georgiana, Dec 1818- Jan 1819, in which he says "Ritchey was well and in good Spirits among Camels, Turbans, Palm Trees and sands". He had recieved a letter from him , but tells George and Georgiana that he "promised to send him an Endymion which I did not; however he has one." So yes, they were fairly good friends.I expect John had written to Ritchie to tell him the sad news of Tom.
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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby BrokenLyre » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:15 am

The Immortal Dinner is a nice read indeed. I think you would enjoy it.
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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby Raphael » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:54 pm

BrokenLyre wrote:The Immortal Dinner is a nice read indeed. I think you would enjoy it.



I'd have been carving broccoli with P.B Shelley LOL.
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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby Cybele » Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:12 am

I loved "The Immortal Dinner." I do think that JK and Ritchie were fairly well acquainted with each other.
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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby BrokenLyre » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:42 am

Cool Cybele. I look forward to reading it again sometime. Fortunately, as I get older I forget what I have read (or movies I have seen).
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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby Cybele » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:36 am

Wow! I certainly know how to repeat myself! (I've been posting lately from my iPod or typing while holding a baby on my lap, and so don't pay close enough attention to what I've said before. :lol: )

RE: "The Immortal Dinner" -- When I went to Cincinatti to see "Christ's Entry" again, the librarian at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary's Seminary said it was fun to have a book in the library (which is just a few steps from the painting) about "Christ's Entry." (I think she was amused by my enthusiasm.)
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Re: Newly Published Letters of Joseph Ritchie and John Keats

Postby Cybele » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:41 am

Wow! I certainly know how to repeat myself! (I've been posting lately from my iPod or typing while holding a baby on my lap, and so don't pay close enough attention to what I've said before. :lol: )

RE: "The Immortal Dinner" -- When I went to Cincinatti to see "Christ's Entry" again, the librarian at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary's Seminary said it was fun to have a book in the library (which is just a few steps from the painting) about "Christ's Entry." (I think she was amused by my enthusiasm.)
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