Little Biographies of Pleasant Authors for Young Folks

Little Biographies of Pleasant Authors for Young Folks

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...as at the age of twenty he had an almost overpowering desire to leave college and go to the Far West in America, "and live as a wild prairie hunter." When, after many years he spent a Christmas vacation in the West Indies, he was reluctant to turn his face from those western isles, and he put his enthusiasm and observation into a book which he entitled At Last. He wrote Westward Ho while living right in the midst of the scenery described in it. The story is of Queen Elizabeth's time--the time and the adventures of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, and Raleigh, and some of those brave men, those "sea dogs," who were, he says, "heroic, manful and godly, a type of English virtue " as it was lived in those olden days. He brings in Martin Frobisher, one of the first to search for the Northwest passage, and describes the vessel lying high and dry in which Drake had sailed round the world, and tells the story of the Spanish Armada. Kingsley, like all impulsive writers, had the gift of throwing himself right into his work, and where he deals with history he makes the past live again. It was on the coast that he wrote one of his books on natural history--a subject which he had great taste for--"in answer to the supposed question, 'What branch of Natural History shall I begin to investigate, if it be but for a few weeks this summer?' To which I answer, 'Try The Wonders of the Shore, '" such as sea flowers and sea creatures, dredged for and collected during a vacation, by himself and his children, and a. minute account of them written every night, the result of which was the volume called Glaucus. Another book, one of his latest as well as best, abounding with inimitable fun and nonsense, must have owed its origin to some of his...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236485513
  • 9781236485519