Personal Traits of British Authors
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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...pleasures, and that the boisterous, turbulent scenes of his youth and prime in nowise disqualified him for the eminence of being the favorite companion and playfellow of his grandchildren. The "Memoir of Wilson" by his daughter, Mrs. Gordon, is the principal authority. This is one of the best literary biographies in existence, and furnishes ample materials for a work like the present. The numerous extracts which have been made from Mrs. Gordon's volume do not at all exhaust its interest. Dr. R. Shelton Mackenzie's edition of the " Noctes Ambrosianae " contains an excellent memoir of Wilson (by Dr. M.), and many interesting notices of him. De Quincey's "Literary Reminiscences " give some particulars not to be found elsewhere; and there are readable articles in Blackwood's Magazine, May and December, 1854; in the Dublin University Magazine, May, 1854; and in the National Review, April, 1884. LEADING EVENTS OF WILSONS LIFE. 1785. Born, May 18th, at Paisley. 1797.--(Aged 12.) A scholar at the University of Glasgow. 1803.--(Aged 18.) Enters Oxford University. 1807.--(Aged 22.) Leaves Oxford. 1811.--(Aged 26.) Marries Miss Jane Penny. 1812.--(Aged 27.) Publishes "The Isle of Palms." 1815.--(Aged 30.) Called to the bar. 1816.--(Aged 31.) Publishes "The City of the Plague." 1817.--(Aged 32.) Contributes to Blackwood's Magazine. 1820.--(Aged 35.) Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University. 1822.--(Aged 37.) Publishes "Lights and Shadows of Scottish Life." 1825.--(Aged 40.) Publishes "The Forresters." 1837.--(Aged 52.) His wife dies. 1851.--(Aged 66.) Resigns his professorship. Receives a pension of three hundred pounds per annum. 1852.--(Aged 67.) Publishes his last...
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