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Victor Bridges and Edward FitzGerald – a call for information

April 4, 2022
Source: Hilobrow

We have received an inquiry via Charles Mugleston about Victor Bridges and his links with Edward FitzGerald and Woodbridge in Suffolk, UK. A retired American professor is writing a book about Bridges and is planning to visit Woodbridge in the summer in search of further information. Apparently Bridges was, interalia, the author of a book entitled Edward Fitzgerald [sic] and other verses, published by Hodder and Stoughton in London in 1932.

We confess to never having heard of Victor Bridges before, but that invaluable source, Wikipedia, describes him as follows. ‘Victor Bridges (real name Victor George de Freyne, 14 March 1878 – 29 November 1972) was a prolific English author of detective and fantasy fiction, and also a playwright and occasional poet.’ Neither we nor Charles have a copy of his FitzGerald poems in our libraries, but we wonder whether other readers of the blog are better informed? We know from WorldCat that there are copies of the book in the British Library, Oxford University, and the national Libraries of Wales and Scotland. If you have a copy of the book, or know more about Victor Bridges and his association with FitzGerald and/or Woodbridge, do please share your knowledge, initially in the form of a comment below. This can then be passed on to Charles and the scholar who is researching Bridges. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jos Coumans permalink
    April 4, 2022 3:30 pm

    Hello Sandra,

    There seems to be a digital version on Archive.org. See:
    https://archive.org/download/Victor_201802/Victor.pdf

    Jos

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    > SandraBill OKR posted: ” Source: Hilobrow We have received an inquiry
    > via Charles Mugleston about Victor Bridges and his links with Edward
    > FitzGerald and Woodbridge in Suffolk, UK. A retired American professor
    > is writing a book about Bridges and is planning to visit Woodbrid”
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  2. April 4, 2022 7:00 pm

    Thanks Jos. That’s a great help. At least we now know what the poem is like.

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