Saturday, December 07, 2013


I am More a Grecian than Ever

T.J. Hogg, letter to Shelley (September 8, 1817), quoted by Howard Mills, Peacock: His Circle and His Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969), p. 29:
If I have been in practise less loyal to Greece than usual I am not without this apology, that in heart I am more a Grecian than ever. The vulgarity of America as depicted in Ashe's travels and shewn by all other communications from that country, and which in a great measure arises from ignorance of Classical Literature, is so disgusting that we shrink from it with horror and take refuge in the ruins of ancient taste and elegance.

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