|Repository:||Georgia Historical Society|
|Creator:||Barclay, Anthony, 1792-1877.|
|Title:||Anthony Barclay narrative|
|Extent:||0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)|
Anthony Barclay (1792-1877) was a British consul in New York; he lived many years in Savannah, Georgia and owned a number of Georgia plantations.
This collection contains Anthony Barclay's narrative of the translation of Richard Henry Wilde's Lament Of The Captive. His committal letter to Edward J. Harden is the first page of the volume. Barclay, as a practical joke, translated Wilde's poem into Greek, then translated the poem from Greek to Latin. He then circulated the translations throughout Savannah as "proof" that the poem was not originally written by Wilde. The translations were shown to the press, leading to published accusations of plagiarism against Wilde; these accusations were later proved false. Barclay wrote a narrative of the incident; the narrative was published by the Georgia Historical Society under the title, Wilde's Summer Rose; Or, The Lament Of The Captive.
Material was acquired from creator.
[Item identification], Anthony Barclay narrative, MS 48, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.
Gift of William Harden, 1904.
Collection is open for research.
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