The Literary History of England

The Literary History of England

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...were sometimes the subjects of the laughter--was a very different sort of being to protect and push forward from this gentle and good young fellow, who never was less than respectable and orderly, whatever he did--a man full of natural duty and submission, sure to do his patron credit. Why is it that every man of genius could not be as Crabbe was? Burke seems to have taken the young fellow from his city garret, from the lowliness of his sea-side village, into his own house, "domesticated him under his own roof, and treated him like a son." Alas! if Burns had got such a chance it is most likely some cloud of offence, some dropt decorum, or sharp touch of sarcasm, would have broken the bond within a week. In Crabbe's case the adoption of the poet and his interests by this generous protector, who had never seen him twenty-four hours before, was complete. Much has been said about literary jealousies and quarrels, but little about the helpful hand which many a man of letters has held out to his brother. Burke was more than a mere man of letters; but he could not be left out in any literary history, and we do not know where to find another instance of such complete and powerful help to the ignorant and inexperienced. Pie went over the poems with the young author, pointing out to him certain apparent faults, which the young man amended with ready compliance. "When all was done that his abilities permitted, and when Mr. Burke had patiently waited the progress of improvement in the man whom he conceived to be capable of it, he himself took 'The Library' to Mr. Dodsley, then of Pall Mall, and gave many lines the advantage of his own reading and comments. Mr. Dodsley listened with all the respect due to the reader of the verses, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236855701
  • 9781236855701