November 21 1814: Reading the Excursion

November 21st. — In the evening I stepped over to Lamb, and sat with him from ten to eleven. He was very chatty and pleasant. Pictures and poetry were the subjects of our talk. He thinks no description in “The Excursion ” so good as the history of the country parson who had been a courtier. In this I agree with him. But he dislikes “The Magdalen,” which he says would be as good in prose; in which I do not agree with him.

 — Henry Crabb Robinson, November 21 1814.

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