ポーが書評した本 (31) ウィリアム・ハウイットの『名所探訪記』〔第1集〕 (1841) Books Reviewed by Poe (31): _Visits to Remarkable Places [1st Series]_ by W. Howitt [ポーの書評 Poe's Book Reviews]

Visits to Remarkable Places, Battle-Fields, Cathedrals, Castles, etc.  By William Howitt.  Philadelphia: Carey & Hart.  [1841] 

Graham's Magazine, March 1841, pp. 142-143. [Harrison, X: 112-114].

「W・ハウイット 『戦場、伽藍、城、その他の名所探訪記』 フィラデルフィア、ケアリー・アンド・ ハート」

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〔Contents: "Visit to Hampton Court (2)"; "Visit to Compton-Winyates, Warwickshire" (64); "A Day-Dream at Tintagel" (93); "Visit to Staffa and Iona" (120); "Visit to the Great Jesuits' College at Stonyhurst, in Lancashire" (158); "Visit to the Ancient City of Winchester" (196); "Visit to Wotton Halls, Staffordshire" (286); "Sacrament Sunday at Kilmorac" (321)〕

 『グレアムズ・マガジン』誌の1841年3月号に掲載された、旅行ガイド本の書評。これに続いて1842年4 月号に第2集の短評が書かれていたわけですが(前の記事を参照)。第2集の刊行によって、再刊された最初の本は First Series と記して明確に区別されるようになったようです。――


Visits to Remarkable Places; Old Halls, Battle Fields, and Scenes Illustrative of Striking Passages in English History and Poetry.  By William Howitt, Author of "The Rural Life of England," "Student Life of ," etc.  First Series.   SECOND AMERICAN EDITION.  Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1842.  [viii + 436pp.]

[Contents: "Visit to Penshurst in Kent; the Ancient Seat of the Sidneys" (13); "Visit to the Field of Culloden" (51); "Vist to Stratford-on-Avon, and the Haunts of Shakspeare" (75); ............"A Day-Dream at Tintagel" (277); "Visit to Staffa and Iona" (); "Visit to the Great Jesuits' College at Stonyhurst, in Lancashire" (); "Visit to the Ancient City of Winchester" (196); "Visit to Wotton Halls, Staffordshire" (); "Sacrament Sunday at Kilmorac" ()]

 著者のウィリアム・ハウイット William Howitt はイギリスの著述家で、この本の扱う名所旧跡はもっぱら英国であり、本も1839年末執筆の序文とともにロンドンで出ていて、前年の1840年には Second Edition が出ています。――

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Visits to Remarkable Places: Old Halls, Battle Fields, and Scens Illustrative of Striking Passages in English History and Poetry.  By William Howitt, Author of  "The Rural Life of England," "Boy's Country Book," etc.  The Illustrations Designed and Executed by Samuel Williams.  Second Edition.  Londono: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longmans.  M.DCCC.XL.  [viii + 528pp.]

もっとも、"Second Edition" は「第1集」の2版ということでした。

  ポーの、1841年の3月号に書かれた、第1集に対する書評は、2巻本を扱っています。・・・・・・あ、もう一冊、 ハウイットの The Rural Life of England (1 vol. Phidadelphia: Carey and Hart) も一緒に扱ってた。――

   Next after Professor Wilson comes Howitt.  The same genial spirit, the same soul-breathing poetry, the same intense love for what is beautiful in nature, and often the same involution of style, and the same excursive ideas, characterise the editor of Blackwood, and the brother of the Quaker poet.

     The latter of the production above, is, as its name imports, a description of the rural life of England, whether found under the gipsey's hedge, in the peasant's cottage, or amid the wide parks and lordly castles of the aristocracy.  It is a picture of which England may be proud.  The author has omitted nothing which could make his subject interesting, and in presenting it suitably to his reader he has surpassed himself, and almost equalled North.  The old, but now decaying customs of "merrie England:" the winter and summer life of peasant and noble in the country; the sports of every kind, and every class, from milling to horse-racing; and the forest and landscape scenery of every portion of Great Britain are described with a graphic pen, and a fervor of language, which cannot fail to make "The Rural Life of England" popular every where.

     Among the most interesting chapters of this work are those on the Gipsies, and that respecting May-day and Christmas.  The description of Grouse-Shooting, both in the north of England, and the Highlands in highly graphic; while the visits to Newstead and Annesley Hall are narrated with much vavacity.

     It was the popularity of these two last chapters which suggested the preceding volumes above, entitled "Visits to Remarkable Places."  Nothing can be simpler than the design of this latter work.  With a taste for antiquarian research, and a soul all-glowing with poetry, the author has gone forth into the quiet dells, and amid the time-worn cities of England, and visiting every old castle, or battlef-field, known in history, and peopling them with the heroic actors of the past, he has produced a work of unrivalled interest.  We wish we had room for a chapter from the second of these two volumes, entitled "A Day-Dream of Tintangel."  It is one of the most poetical pieces of prose we had ever met with.  The old castle of King Arthur seems once more to lift its massy battlements, above the thundering surf below, and from its portals go forth the heroes of the Round Table, with hound and hawk, and many a fair demoiselle.

     Next, certainly, to a visit to any remarkable place, is a graphic description of its appearance.  This, in every instance, where the author has attempted it, is prestented in the "Visits to Remarkable Places."  Stratford on the Avon; Anne Hathaway's cottage; the ancestral home of the Sidneys; Culloden battlefield; the old regal town of Winchester, formerly the abode of the Saxon kings, and where their monuments still remain; Flodden-field; Hampton Court; and in short, most of the remakable places in England, are brought vividly before the reader's mind.  Indeed, many a traveller, who has seen these celebrated places, might be put to the blush by one who had attentively perused this work, and who yet had never crosses the Atlantic.

Visits to Remarkable Places, Battle-Fields, Cathedrals, Casltles, etc.  By W. Howitt.  [Graham's Magazine, March 1841, pp. 142-43.


Edgar Allan Poe's Writings in the Casket and Graham's Magazine @ Poe Society  <> 〔他の書評とともに " (attributed by J. A. Harrison, Works, 1902, 10:112-114, but generally dismissed as too early) " との注あり。1841年の1月号、2月号、3月号にはまだポーは関与しておらないという了解でしょう。〕

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