Papers Volume 14

Papers Volume 14

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...the author, but in the letters we have the man Elia. Much as I admire Cowper as a poet, I am equally charmed with him as a letter writer, and am never wearied of turning over the pages of that bulky volume of correspondence which Hayley has collected for us. Sometimes it happens that by virtue of that law of the survival of the fittest, an author's letters remain when his more solid efforts have been allowed to pass into oblivion, and it is significant in the case of Howell, that though he wrote at least forty other volumes, it is by the one we are now considering that he is best known in literature. I have said that in literature the essayists and letterwriters divide our interest, and in this connection it seems to me a happy illustration that Thackeray should tell us that Montaigne and H0'welZ's Letters were his bedside books. He says, "If I wake at night, I have one or other of them to prattle me to sleep again. They talk about themselves for ever, and don't weary me. I like to hear them tell their old stories over and over again. I read them in the dozy hours, and only half remember them.... I love, I say, and scarce ever tire of hearing the artless prattle of those two dear old friends--the Perigourdian gentleman, and the priggish little Clerk of King Charles's council. Their egotism in no wise _disgusts me. I hope I shall always like to hear men in reason talk about themselves. What subject does a man know better?" It is time, however, to introduce this Clerk of King Charles's council, the fresh perusal of whose letters, has induced me to attempt something in the way of a mental portrait of the man as he presents himself to us in his book. James Howell was a gentleman of Wales, and was born...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236991796
  • 9781236991799