Putnam's Monthly Volume 3

Putnam's Monthly Volume 3

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...and because of his miraculoiis youth. Judging by this tragedy of a lovely but mournful Swiss Maiden, Ik Marvel at twentythree possessed a fund of immaturity entitling him to gentle treatment at the hands of adults. George Lunt! O twentieth-century reader! Is it possible that you have forgotten George Lunt? Yet he wrote novels, lyrics and historical sketches and was noticed in the North American Review! Then Boker, handsome and worldly, in a coat the perfection of which rather suggests the diplomat than the poet, sends a fragment of his "Francesca da Rimini," then unpublished and unplayed. There is a ring of talent in his verse, with odd falterings, as of a gift not quite sustained enough to lift his feet permanently from the ground. Then an Indian Legend, by that Frederick Shelton whose "Letters from Up the River" so pleased his contemporaries. "Such ripe, juicy, diction as flows from his pen," the reviewer declares "could alone do justice to his rich and jocund fancies." To us it merely seems that, like too many amiable gentlemen of that date, this excellent divine placed undue confidence in the personal note. Their idea of personal was something highly intimate, a microscopic view of daily life, in style reminiscent of Irving, of Sterne (sterilized), of the Tattler, of Charles Lamb. Hence a multitude of rambling confidences, such as "The Reveries of a Bachelor," "Prue and I." Truly, the despised Willis's " Letters from Idlewild " come nearer bearing the test of time than many more pretentious pictures of contemporary life. The difficulty with literature of this type is that not every one has the gift to be Charles Lamb! To venture so engagingly into personalities, one must...show more

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  • Paperback | 370 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 658g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123649329X
  • 9781236493293