Life and Letters of James Gates Percival

Life and Letters of James Gates Percival

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Life and Letters of James Gates Percival

Life and Letters of James Gates Percival

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Among my earliest recollections of poetry is that of the poem by Percival beginning, "There is a sweetness in woman's decay."

When at Yale, the first book I took from the library was a badly worn copy of his poems, which was read with eagerness as a fresh and living revelation of the wonderful genius whose spell had charmed my boyhood. About this time, the publishers of the present volume were bringing out the complete edition of his poems; and in that connection I became specially interested in studying into the facts of his personal history, and was permitted to consult his private papers, then stored with his library in the Hospital at New Haven. Knowing my interest in Percival, the executor of his estate, J. L. Jenckes, M. D., placed the entire manuscripts of his friend in my . . .

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