Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, as a Preface to his Purcell Papers, published by Bentley and Son, I was not aware that, besides being the author of the I rish poems contained in that collection of I rish stories and of the celebrated Shamus OB rien, Le Fanu had anonymously contributed half-a-dozen other poems to the Dublin University Magazine between the years 1863 and 1866; two of which, The Legend of the Glaive, and Beatrice, exhibit Le Fanu sgenius in a new and unexpected light. They show him to have been capable of dramatic and lyrical creation on a distinctly higher plane than he had hitherto reached, although the forms in which the drama and the legend are cast are clearly experimental and not always successful.
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