Great Men and Famous Women; A Series of Pen and Pencil Sketches of the Lives of More Than 200 of the Most Prominent Personages in History ... Volume 4

Great Men and Famous Women; A Series of Pen and Pencil Sketches of the Lives of More Than 200 of the Most Prominent Personages in History ... Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...of Dante. The book appeared without preface or dedication, but in the collected edition of 1863 it bears a note addressed by Mr. Browning to his friend Monsieur Milsand, of Dijon, which contains the characteristic expressions, I wrote it twenty-five years ago for only a few.... My stress lay on the incidents in the development of a soul; little else is worth study. I, at least, always thought so. Sordello in its original form is very rare and valuable now, as all the early editions of Mr. Browning's poetry have become; but on its first appearance nobody cared for it--it was regarded as nothing but a hopeless puzzle by a bewildered and defeated public. Even now, when Mr. Browning has long since formed his own public, Sordello is probably less read than any other work of his; it is too obscure and confused both in plot and in thought. But all the same, there are many interesting things in Sordello, and among them, especially at this moment, are the references to the place which, for fifty years, has fascinated the poet. Only the other day he wrote Asolando, and half a century ago we find him writing: Lo, on a healthy, brown, and nameless hill By sparkling Asolo, in mist and chill, Morning just up, higher and higher runs A child, bare-foot and rosy. Asolo appears again very soon afterward in the lovely opening of the play Pippa Passes. This came first in the series which appeared in the years 1841-46, under the odd title of Bells and Pomegranates. There were eight numbers of this publication--thin, yellow-covered pamphlets, printed in double columns of small type, by Mr. Moxon; surely as unattractive a way as a poet ever attempted...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236783557
  • 9781236783554