The Dickens Circle; A Narrative of the Novelist's Friendships

The Dickens Circle; A Narrative of the Novelist's Friendships

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...who saw in their membership of Parliament but enhanced opportunities of doing good. Disraeli he knew quite well in the Gore House days, but never liked him and never had much to do with him. It is impossible to imagine Dickens on terms of friendship with so cynical an opportunist, and one is not the least bit surprised to find the novelist writing of "the Disraelis, Richmonds, and the other Impostors and Humbugs." With Gladstone there was but the merest acquaintance. But there was one prominent politician for whom Dickens had profound respect and great personal liking. This was Lord John Russell. Apart, for the moment, from their personal friendship, Lord John in his public capacity was regarded by Dickens with an esteem that he entertained for no other statesman or politician of his time. In 1852 Dickens wrote to Foster: "Lord John's note confirms me in an old impression that he is worth a score of official men; and has more generosity in his little finger than a Government usually has in its whole Corporation." Five years later, speaking at the annual dinner of the Warehousemen and Clerks' Schools, he proposed the health of Lord John, the President, and said: "He should do nothing so superfluous and so unnecessary as to descant upon his lordship's many faithful, long, and great public services, upon the honour and integrity with which he had pursued his straightforward public course through every difficulty, or upon the manly, gallant, and courageous character, which rendered him certain, in the eyes alike of friends and opponents, to rise with every rising occasion, and which, like the seal of Solomon, in the old Arabian story, enclosed in a not very large casket the soul of a giant." And at the Liverpool banquet in 1869 he said: '... There more

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  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 245g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667345X
  • 9781236673459