On Life and Letters; 1st-4th Series Volume 1

On Life and Letters; 1st-4th Series Volume 1

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...- Le Horla." Par Guy de Maupassant. and Son" can only be read in translations. He also told me that Lord Byron was a rather dull poet, something like our own Ponsard. I do not believe it. I believe that Byron is one of the greatest poets of the century, and I believe that Dickens had more feeling than any other writer. I believe that his novels are as beautiful as the love and the pity that inspired them. I believe that " David Copperfield" is a new gospel. I believe, lastly, that Mr. Dick, with whom alone I have to do here, is a sensible madman, for the only reason left him is the reason of the heart, and that is hardly ever deceived. What matter if he flies kites on which he has written some reflections regarding the death of King Charles I.? He is benevolent; he wishes ill to no one, and that is a piece of wisdom to which many sane men do not attain as easily as he does. It was a piece of good luck for Mr. Dick to be born in England. Individual liberty is greater there than in France. Originality is more favourably regarded there, more respected, than it is with us. And what is madness, after all, but a sort of mental originality? I say madness, and not insanity. Insanity is the loss of the intellectual faculties. Madness is only a strange and singular use of those faculties. In my childhood I knew an old man who became mad through hearing of the death of an only son, buried at twenty years of age beneath an avalanche on the Rigi. His madness took the form of always dressing himself in mattress-ticking. With that exception he was almost perfectly sane. All the little ragamuffins of the district used to follow him in the street, uttering wild cries. But, as he joined the gentleness of a child to the strength of a...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236616286
  • 9781236616289