The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 15: The Letters of Bryan Waller Procter
The Letters of Bryan Waller Procter
BRYAN Waller Procter (1787–1874), known also by his literary nom de plume, Barry Cornwall, contributed frequently to the Literary Gazette and published a number of poetical works. Whilst little known today, during his lifetime, he inspired Pushkin to translate and imitate some of his compositions, and numbered Byron, Keats, Lamb, Shelley and Coleridge among his friends. Thackeray's Vanity Fair is dedicated to him. During the Indian upheavals of 1857, he wrote a number of letters to his American publisher friend James Fields, who later gathered together a collection of his correspondence with literary men of the day. An extract is reproduced here.
Bryan W. Procter, Extract from a Letter to James Fields, 1857
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