Living Age Volume 17

Living Age Volume 17

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...have provoked us to anger, if we had still to deal with Southey living; but he is gone: ---the grave has closed over a writer and a man of whom England has reason to be proud, and our angry controversies are buried with him. The new edition of Coleridge's "Biographia Literaria" was begun and carried some way by his nephew, the late Henry Nelson Coleridge, and has been since completed by a lady who is the poet's daughter, and nephew's widow. Of such a work we would speak with the respect due alike to her position, her talents, and her feelings. She describes, in a few touching words, the task, which had thus descended on her, as one " full of affecting remembrances, and brought upon me by the deepest sorrow of my life." A biographical sketch, begun by her husband, but which does not proceed further than Coleridge's twenty-fourth year, and which even so far has the appearance of only a skeleton sketch, is appended to the work. To this Mrs. Nelson Coleridge has only added a brief chronological account of her father's publications. But she has prefixed along " Introduction," in answer to various attacks. We abstain from particular criticism. The publication of Mr. Cottle's second edition of his " Reminiscences," a few days after the appearance of the new edition of the " Biographia Literaria," must have painfully convinced her, how disqualified even the gifted daughter of a gifted parent may be for the strict responsibilities of a judge, in a case like the present----no less, how vain her afibctionate endeavors to clear the memory of her father from all, and even heavy blame. It appears that when Mr. Cottle was engaged in preparing the first edition of his book, he...show more

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  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 32mm | 1,098g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236828003
  • 9781236828002