Charles Reade, Dramatist, Novelist, Journalist; A Memoir Volume 1

Charles Reade, Dramatist, Novelist, Journalist; A Memoir Volume 1

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...but he roamed afield, chiefly, however, in his native land and in Scotland. The coaching days were not those of luxurious travelling, but he was a great walker, and some Oxford acquaintances afforded him alike hospitality, introductions, and splendid sport in the highlands. He was a gay, light-hearted youngster at that period, with a fine taste for dancing hornpipes and reels, and Scotland certainly attracted him not a little. He remembered that his maternal grandmother was the daughterof an officer in the young Pretender's army, and could therefore boast a slight strain of Scotch blood in his otherwise English veins. The Scotch character, moreover, interested him profoundly. He admired its solidity and caution. Hating their whisky, he was charmed by their high courage and splendid truthfulness. What religion he had was essentially Calvinistic, and in his old age, when the strong convictions of youth returned as the tide after the ebb, he preferred the simple Presbyterian form of worship to the ritual of the Church or England. No marvel, therefore, that Scotland drew him towards her, or that the scene of one of his earlier and perhaps most natural essays in the art of dramatic narration should have been laid in Scotland. ' Christie John-stone ' was very much the product of the bright years of his young manhood, though actually penned nearly two decades later. It represented a revival of early impressions, blended with a subsequent experience of the risks and perils of herring fishing. Scotland seems to have appealed to him strongly, not merely as one devoted to his gun, and to a certain extent an admirer of the picturesque, nor solely because it had been idealized for the youth of his generation with such rare skill by Sir Walter Scott, a master...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671937
  • 9781236671936