Calamities of Authors; Including Some Inquiries Respecting Their Moral and Literary Characters Volume 2

Calamities of Authors; Including Some Inquiries Respecting Their Moral and Literary Characters Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1812 edition. Excerpt: ...Lord Cutts, he gives an interesting account of the origin of this production, which none but one deeply imbued with its feelings, could haye experienced. I transcribe the pas-sage. " Tower Guard, March 23, 1701. " MY Loan, " The address of the following papers is so very much due to your Lordship, that they are but a mere report of what has passed upon my guard to my commander; for they were writ upon duty, when the mind was per fectly disengaged, and at leisure, in the. silent watch of the night, to run over the busy dream of the day; and the vigilance which obliges us to suppose an enemy always near us, has awakened a sense that there is a restless and subtle one which constantly attends our steps, and meditates our ruin." To this solemn and monitory work, he prefixed his name, from this honourable Mr. Nichols's " Epistolary Correspondence of Sir Richard Steele, vol. I. p. 7 7. motive, that it might serve as " a standing testimony against himself, and make him ashamed of understanding, and seeming to feel what was virtuous, and living so quite contrary a life." Do we not think that no one less than a saint is speaking to us? And yet he is still nothing more than Ensign Steele! He tells us that this grave work made him considered, who had been no undelightful companion, as a disagreeable fellow--and " The Christian Hero," by his own words, appears to have fought off several fool-hardy geniuses who were for " trying theirvalour on him," supposing a Saint was necessarily a Poltroon. Thus " The Christian Hero," finding himself slighted by his loose companions, sat down and composed a most laughable comedy, " The Funeral;" and with all the...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236790839
  • 9781236790835