Draft:The Two Fountains

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 649
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d. [1789]
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English
  • Physical Description
      307 x 189 mm. 1 volume (25 folios + 16 blank);

Scope and Content

Manuscript draft in HLP's hand, with many alterations and insertions, of her unperformed and unpublished dramatic poem The Two Fountains, in the Manner of Milton's Comus (1789). This play was based on Samuel Johnson's fairy tale, The Fountains (see English MS 654  below); it has various affiliations with and departures from the original story.

See Gwin J. Kolb, Mrs. (Thrale) Piozzi and Dr. Johnson's The Fountains: A Fairy Tale, in Novel, vol. 13 (1979), pp. 68-81.  Kolb refers to another copy of the play in the Harvard Piozziana (Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Eng 1280 ).