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|I recommended him to read Corinna
Written by Myretta
(2/4/2010 11:11 a.m.)
We spent Friday evening with our friends at the boarding-house, and our curiosity was gratified by the sight of their fellow-inmates, Mrs. Drew and Miss Hook, Mr. Wynne and Mr. Fitzhugh; the latter is brother to Mrs. Lance, and very much the gentleman. He has lived in that house more than twenty years, and, poor man! is so totally deaf that they say he could not hear a cannon, were it fired close to him; having no cannon at hand to make the experiment, I took it for granted, and talked to him a little with my fingers, which was funny enough. I recommended him to read Corinna.
Corinna or Italy by Anne Louise Germaine de Stael Holstein was published in English in 1807. The cover below, is a later edition (1833).
I really have no idea why Jane Austen recommended it to the deaf Mr. Fitzhugh, but here are some Contemporary Reviews from the Database of British Fiction 1800-1829 at Cardiff University.
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