Littell's Living Age Volume 31

Littell's Living Age Volume 31

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ... suggested the Bride' Tragedy died in the effort of producing it. As with his school-fellows, now with the poets, his power once acknowledged he abandoned further competition. Oxford itself lay heavy on him. For all that vital intellectual energy which filled him he found no vent in tho dull lecture-room of Pembroke. " I did not know what to study," he says himself, "thanks to the state of education in England." He was speedily st war with the college authorities, went to lecture with his books uncut, and seized all opportunities ofmalting known his contempt for his tutor. That after this he should have had some fear for his degree, and be put somewhat upon his mettle to read for it, was not unreasonable. While thus engaged at Southampton, in the summer of 1823, he became personally known to his biographer, Mr. Kelsall, and through him he is now more pleilply visible to us. Such of his letters as have preserved date from this time. Clearly he was no proper subject for guidance or advice in literary study, however kind or wise the advice proffered. What poetical wealth was in him flowed forth or stopped abruptly, was subject to no law, could not be brought under the wntrol of any, at all times simply obeyed his humor. One sees somehow at once that in mere literature he has not found his vocation, if he is ever to find it. He is throwing off an act ofa new tragedy one day, and the next day producing another, the third day abandoning both. The fragments thus thrown off, from this time till the age of manhood, form with one exception nearly all of his " remains;" and what his friends greeted then with such hot and eager hope, we cannot contemplate even now with a merely cold admiration. It ts...show more

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  • Paperback | 678 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,193g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236801504
  • 9781236801500