A novel featuring Rochester

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A novel featuring Rochester

Unread postby Jackslady » Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:07 am

Hi everyone, for Wilmot obsessives such as myself I just thought I would share the following:

A friend of mine was having a spare room clear out last week and found a very old book belonging to a great Aunt. It turned out to be a novel called "Old Saint Paul's - A Tale of the Plague and the Fire" written by W Harrison Ainsworth in 1841.

The preface is interesting - I had never heard of this writer but apparently this story was published in serial form in the London Sunday Times in 1841, and Mr Ainsworth was at that time, as popular as Charles Dickens.

My friend has kindly leant me the book because she realised it contains many references to John Wilmot, indeed he is a featured character. I've just started reading it today, it's wordy but I'm going to give it a go! My curiosity got the better of me and I looked it up on amazon - it is available to buy in various editions on amazon uk.

Just having a look at the Darlene Cates discussions - fantastic to read, sorry to have interrupted you all! :blush:
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Unread postby gemini » Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:02 am

Thanks Jackslady for the post. I was interested enough to do a search and I think I ran across it online for anyone who would like to read it. I just scanned over it and it looks like the whole story. I will try to read it tomorrow. Here is the link for anyone interested.
http://infomotions.com/etexts/gutenberg/dirs/1/1/0/8/11082/11082.htm
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Unread postby suec » Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:01 am

Thanks very much for this Jackslady. As a fellow obsessive, I am not going to be able to resist it. And thanks for the link gemini. I'll check out book prices first though. :cool:
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Unread postby Moonlight » Sun Jun 03, 2007 6:19 am

Thanks a lot Jackslady and gemini!
I'm curious on reading it! :bounce:
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Unread postby Jackslady » Sun Jun 03, 2007 6:20 am

On amazon uk you can buy a paperback of it for as little as £1.99!

That's interesting that you've found it online, gemini! It's a long book, it's going to take me a while to read. I've really enjoyed the first three chapters, it's easier to read than Mr Dickens (no offence to him of course). The writer seems to have captured John Wilmot rather well, it's interesting because Wilmot's writings were largely suppressed (particularly during Victorian times) due to their explicit content. Harrison Ainsworth seems to have a good knowledge of the earl and his description of Wilmot's physical appearance conjured up visions of Johnny!!
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Unread postby suec » Sun Jun 03, 2007 1:56 pm

You are certainly whetting my appetite Jackslady! I can't say I found a copy for that price - but I have ordered one anyway.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:46 pm

Thanks for the info, Jackslady and gemini for the online link. :cool: I checked on Amazon (US) and the prices start at $20 and there only about seven available.
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Unread postby Liz » Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:50 pm

Thanks for the info, Jackslady. Very interesting! Feel free to interrupt anytime. And thanks, Gemini, for the link.
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