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Cat. 76). Norton, 25 April 1862, quoted Chorley, Arthur Hugh Clough (1962), 263. Descr. Cat. 35. 21 Ibid. 22 Corr. II. 402. 23 On the ‘otherness’ of sexual experience in Victorian England, see Steven Marcus, The Other Victorians (1966); the author of My Secret Life, which Marcus discusses in detail, who was in Naples at about the same time as Clough, writes in terms very different from those of the parts of Dipsychus Mrs Clough excised pro pudore: ‘I went abroad again early 25 CLOUGH 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 in December to Naples with a friend, and had women there of course’ (My Secret Life, ed.

She neither apologizes for Clough nor sentimentalizes about him, but concentrates on bringing out those ‘traits that we admire especially: flexibility and shrewdness of intelligence joined with an invincible idealism’. By stressing the intelligence and the part it plays in the work as strongly as the idealism she tried to direct interpretation back on to the high road laid down by Clough’s best Victorian critics. It is fitting that it should have been an American who spoke up most strongly for Clough in 1919 (though it must be admitted that another American, reviewing Osborne, spoils this impression a little by taking the biographical line and lamenting, ‘it was the tragedy of his life that while he wished to pray with the faithful, his keen intelligence forced him to scoff with the scornful’34).

30 3. Unsigned notice, Spectator 1848 In ‘Publications Received’, xxi, 2 December 1848, 1166. Emerson, expressing thanks for Emerson’s praise (see No. 5) and that of his American friends, Clough comments that ‘in England I shall not be troubled with a very onerous weight of celebrity’; he had then seen only Kingsley’s ‘cordial eulogistic article’ (No. 7) and this ‘contemptuous’ piece in the Spectator (Corr. I, 240, 10 February 1849). A long story of some Oxford students, who went to the Highlands of Scotland to combine relaxation and study; but one of them falls in love with a Scotch lassie, whom he finally marries.

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