The Life of Sir Walter Scott

The Life of Sir Walter Scott

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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. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ... adopting literary pursuits as the principal occupation of my future life, I resolved, if possible, to avoid those weaknesses of temper which seemed to have most easily beset my more celebrated predecessors. "With this view, it was my first resolution to keep as far as was in my power abreast of society, continuing to maintain my place in general company without yielding to the very natural temptation of narrowing myself to what is called literary society. By doing so, I imagined I should escape the besetting sin of listening to language which from one motive or L i 1 other ascribes a very undue degree of consequence to literary pursuits, as if they were indeed the business rather than the amusement of life. The opposite course can only be compared to the injudicious conduct of one who pampers himself with cordial and. luscious draughts until he is unable to endure wholesome bitters. Like Gil Bias, therefore, I resolved to stick by the society of my commis, instead of seeking that of a more literary cast, and to maintain my general interest in what was going on around me, reserving the man of letters for the desk and the library." A determination such as this has, we believe, seldom if ever happened in the annals of literature, and certainly must have been considered as a solecism in the world of letters. But Scott dared to brave the reproach which then attached to a professional apostate, without the palliation of private necessity for his choice; while, at the same time, his pecuniary resources were by no means adequate for the expense of upholding that status in society, which, equally by birth, education, and natural ambition, he felt himself called upon to assume and maintain. He confesses, it is true, that he was in no small...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236534018
  • 9781236534019