Authors of Our Day in Their Homes; Personal Descriptions & Interviews Volume 7

Authors of Our Day in Their Homes; Personal Descriptions & Interviews Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...Avenue, reminds one in a strange way of an English member of Parliament. Just what gives this impression it is difficult to determine. Perhaps it is the air of repose on every feature--a repose not unmixed with energy and the evidence of accomplishment. The figure is well knit, fairly broad, but in no way large; the face is marked by a full beard of gray and white, and glasses shadow the eyes. The "set up" of the man (as a soldier would put it) is distinctly pleasing. Such is the way John D. Champlin, author and encyclopaedist, appeared one morning and to one man. It was only by good fortune that he was " at home," and that he had no more engrossing work on hand than the correction of a batch of proofs. The tools of the trade of the litterateur were therefore scarcely apparent. The room he was seated in was half library, half drawing-room. Unlike the average apartment that upper New York makes a home of, here all was spacious and on a large scale. The visitor's eyes must have hinted at something of this sort as they strayed here and there, for Mr. Champlin had at once a word to say about it as he pointed to a " lazy man's chair." ' This was one of the first apartment houses built up here," he said, "and is on a somewhat larger scale than those now constructed. When we came here about ten years ago it stood nearly alone, and we had from our west windows an unobstructed view of the Hudson. Even now we have a fair view, as you see, though the buildings that have gone up between us and the river have shut out much of it. From that window where you are, looking south down Amsterdam Avenue, you can see on a clear day the Statue of Liberty and the hills of Staten Island, while the west windows command the Jersey...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236487990
  • 9781236487995