A First Gallery of Literary Portraits

A First Gallery of Literary Portraits

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...gigantic monotony. Had he lived in the age of chivalry, he would have stood side by side in glorious and well-foughten field with Cceur de Lion himself, and died in the steel harness full gallantly. Had he lived in an age of persecution, he had been either a hardy martyr, leaping inte the flames as into his wedding suit, or else a fierce inquisitor, aggravating by his portentous frown, and more portentous squint, the agonies of his victim. Had he been born in Calabria, he had been as picturesque a bandit as ever stood on the point of a rock between a belated painter and the red evening sky, at once an object of irresistible terror and irresistible admiration, leaving the poor artist in doubt whether to take to his pencil or to his heels. But, in whatever part or age of the world he had lived, he must have been an extraordinary man, one of those rare specimens of humanity who balance all their lives between the pinnacle of genius, and the abyss of frenzy, and whom the strong handwriting of nature itself, upon face, and figure, and bearing (and passing spirit-like glares and glances beyond the habitual expression of their countenance), marks out as the foremost of their species, links fearfully and wonderfully connecting man with some superior order of intelligences. Nature had certainly given the world " assurance of a man " in the form, stature, broad brow, swarthy complexion, dark locks, and wild sinister glare of Edward Irving. But that those peculiarities alone accounted for his unexampled popularity, we by no means believe, except so far as they were the exponents of his uncommon mental qualities. Had there been, as has been asserted, any marked disproportion between the splendid personnel and the intellect of the man; had his...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236541243
  • 9781236541246