The Century Volume 71

The Century Volume 71

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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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...witnessed perhaps the greatest tragedy in English literature--the untimely death of " Shakspere's younger brother." To me there was something thrilling in the touch of the kindly hand that had ministered to the dying poet, had laid him away in his grave, and had written the simple story of those last tragic hours--a story one of the most moving in the sad chronicles of genius and mortality. He placed in my hands, for a few reverent moments, the original of his pathetic drawing of the dear dying boy. On the wall I was startled to see, for the first time, a mask of Keats's face. I asked him who made it, and he said it was a lifemask made by the ill-fated painter Haydon. I begged him to tell me where a copy of it could be obtained, and he said at a caster's near Charing Cross. Being in London later in the year, I found that the plaster-cast shop had been removed some forty years before. But I persisted till I found where the mask could be had, and obtained two copies. One of these I gave to the blind poet Philip Bourke Marston, and it was this copy that subsequently served as an illustration in the edition of Keats edited by Buxton Forman, while the copy that I brought to America was used by Mr. John Gilmer Speed in his full edition of his great-uncle's works. This mask has since become well known both in England and America. It is the most accurate and satisfying representation existing of the face of Keats. Being a lifemask, it has nothing of the painfulness of most of the masks of famous persons, which have generally been taken after death. As in the Lincoln life-mask, there is almost a touch of humor in the expression. When I showed my copy to Helen Keller, her delicate fingers revealed to her what the eye can only...show more

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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 875g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236808061
  • 9781236808066