The Nation Volume 93

The Nation Volume 93

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...was a very important personage, whom sovereigns, ministers, ecclesiastics, generals, and mere poets and novelists consulted at every step of their work; why, then, we ask, are we not vouchsafed more news of his Olympian confabulations? Probably this "I could an I would" tone, or the attitude of best friend to celebrities, grows unconsciously on successful correspondents like Mr. Smaliey until it becomes a second nature. The need, too, of filling a given space in cable letters must account for the spreading thin of some of his material. The further knowledge that what he wrote would be read by the persons whom he wrote about, cannot fail to have hampered his spontaneity. Hence, the two best portrait sketches are of Lord Randolph Churchill and King Edward, written after their death. And yet, although there is nothing really startling or historically important in Mr. Smalley's English memories, he interjects many anecdotes and personal bits which enliven his pages and help to give a stranger an idea of the externals of British society. Let us hope that he will empower his literary executors to publish the revelations of great historical importance, which he himself deems it necessary to withhold. At his best, he writes so easily that one reads him with pleasure. He often re 'minds us of the late Dr. E. E. Hale, 'whose flow of reminiscence was so entertaining that the question of accuracy never troubled his listeners. Queen Margot. By H. Noel Williams. New York: Chas. Scribner's Sons. $2. Differing somewhat from the tone of the most recent foreign studies--the "Marguerite de Valois, Reine de France et de Navarre," by Count Leo de SaintPoncy, her admirer and champion, or the delightful...show more

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  • Paperback | 808 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,415g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123685795X
  • 9781236857958