Mr. Gladstone; A Monograph

Mr. Gladstone; A Monograph

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...the translation of the Odes afforded a great resource to Mr. Gladstone when his eyesight failed him. Theological study was a still greater attraction to him; and the works of this nature on which he set most store were those of Bishop Butler, whom he regarded as "the greatest and most profound writer among the divines and prelates of the Church of England." Poetry of varied kinds appealed to him. He believed that the supremacy among poets could not be questioned. Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare were superior to any others. The difficulty with him was to whom the fourth place should be assigned. For that place he considered that there were four competitors--Eschylus, Virgil, Milton, and Goethe; and, on the whole, he was inclined to give the preference himself to Goethe. There was probably no modern British author whom Mr. Gladstone admired so much as Walter Scott. The re-reading of the Waverley Novels was a constant source of delight to him through life; and, notwithstanding that they have gone rather out of fashion during the last half of the nineteenth century, he felt sure that they were works that would be "immortal." In his judgment the two chefs d'ceuvre of the series were "The Bride of Lammermoor" and "Kenilworth." He believed that iEschylus was the only other man who could have written the first; and that the second could have been produced by no one else but Shakespeare. It is worth noting in connection with his admiration for Walter Scott that he ranked Lockhart's life of the great novelist "the first of all biographies." Cognate to his literary studies was the pleasure with which he perused catalogues of old books. He welcomed the receipt of lists of second-hand books from booksellers all...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236544919
  • 9781236544919