Daniel de Foe

Daniel de Foe

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...poet kept no such unfinished company. Even the paternal linen-drapery of Lombard Street may have rendered him the more willing to back out of the hosierly neighbourhood of Cornhill. It is, however, likewise to be added that Pope, notwithstanding the real liberality of his religious opinions, if not by very reason of them, could hardly have liked the bitterness of De Foe's attacks on his kinsfolk the Catholics. unreasonably conceived against him now, by the young men of letters and incipient wits, Mr. Pope and the gentlemen at Will's, with whom the world was going easily. His utmost address might seem to have some offence in it; his utmost liberality to contain some bigotry; his best offices to society to be rendered of doubtful origin, by what would appear a sort of everlasting pragmaticalness and delight in finding fault. It is natural, all this. We trample upon a man, plunder him, imprison him, strive to make him infamous, and wonder if he is only the more hardened in his persuasion that he has a much better case than ourselves. One of the pirate printers of the day, took advantage of the imprisoned writer's popularity to issue the Works of the Author of the True-born Englishman; and thought himself grossly ill-used, because the author retorted with a charge of theft, and a True Collection corrected by Himself. The very portrait he had affixed to this latter book constituted a new offence. Here was a large, determined, resolute face; and here was a lordly, full-bottomed wig surmounting it, --flowing lower than the elbow, and rising higher than the forehead, with amazing amplitude of curl. Here was richly-laced cravat; fine, loose, flowing cloak; and surly, substantial, citizen aspect. He was proud of this portrait, by the way, and complains of...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236593758
  • 9781236593757