The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century

The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century : A Series of Lectures (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The English Humourists of the Eighteenth Century: A Series of Lectures Johnson in his wholesale condemnation of lectures had also failed to take into account the curiosity of the audience, the almost childish love of humanity for personalities. Most people on reading a book which strongly appeals to them are apt to exclaim, 'what a charming writer! How I wish I knew him and, failing a private introduction, they will flock in crowds to see him and hear his voice though, unless the author has a winning personality - which is found no more com mouly among authors than any other class - the result of their inspection is too often to tone down - quite unfairly - their admiration for the author's writings. It is not too much to say that the success of Thackeray's lectures was due far more to the interest the public took in the lecturer than to any desire to hear what he had to say about the writers of the eighteenth century. What was Addison to them, or they to Addison But Michael Angelo Titmarsh, the white-haired giant in spectacles, who had already forced his way into the front rank of English writers, who knew how to touch men's hearts by his pathos, to delight them with his humour, and to sting them with his sarcasm - he was one whom all would flock to hear, on whatever topic he chose to speak. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 458g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243261373
  • 9780243261376

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