The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland; And a Criticism on Their Works

The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland; And a Criticism on Their Works

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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. 1804 edition. Excerpt: ...uttered, are sullenly supported. Boileau, who desired to be thought a rigorous and steady moralist, having told a petty lie to Lewis XIV. continued it afterwards by false dates; thinking himself obliged in honour, says his admirer, to maintain what, when he said it, was so well received. Wherever Congreve was born, he was educated first at Kilkenny, and afterwards at Dublin, his father having some military employment that stationed him in Ireland: but after having passed through the usual preparatory studies, as may be reasonably supposed, with great celerity and success, bis father thought it proper to assign him a profession; by which something proper might be gotten; and about the time of the Revolution sent him, at the age of sixteen, to study law in the Middle Temple, where he lived for several years, but with very little attention to Statutes or Reports. His Ifis deposition to Jsecnme an author appeared very early, as he vn-y early felt that force of imagination, and possessed that copiousness of sentiment, by which intellectual pleasure can be given. His first performance was a novel, called Incognita, or Love and Duty reconciled: It is praised by the biographers, who quote some part of the preface, that is indeed, for such a time of life, uncommonly judicious. I would rather praise it than read it. His first dramatick labour was the Old Batchelor; of which he says, in his defence against Collier, " that comedy was written, as several know, ' some years before it was acted. When I wrote it, 1 had little thoughts of " the stage; but did it, to amuse myself in a slow recovery from a fit of " sickness. Afterwards, through my indiscretion, it was seen, and yi some little time more it was acted; and I, through the remainder of my...show more

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  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 590g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236589904
  • 9781236589903