Sketch; An Illustrated Miscellany of Art, Music, the Drama, Society and the Belles Lettres Volume 22

Sketch; An Illustrated Miscellany of Art, Music, the Drama, Society and the Belles Lettres Volume 22

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... of this assertion in the disappearance from the ranks of creative artists of the author of some one successful book; but Miss Thackeray's novelwriting activities co'ered a. period of close upon a quarter of a centuryto be exact, from 1863 to 1885--and then, in the latter year, the particular pen which had given the world so much pleasure was laid aside in favour of one dedicated to literary criticism and reminiscence. One would have thought that in those twenty-two years story-weaving had become a habit not lightly to be discarded for less creative though still delightfully individual work; but to cast the memory back over Miss Thackeray's literary achievement is to remind oneself that she was never a habitual writer of romance. She seems either to have worked slowly or to have written only when the wind blew--the wind, that is, which bloweth only where itlisteth--for the intervals between the appearances of her various stories are long indeed by comparison with the records of more modern novelists. " The Story of Elizabeth," Mrs. Ritchie's first novel, was published anonymously in 1863, and, in the light of the liberty of theme now accorded to the writer of fiction. it is interesting to recall the fact that one or two critics, while acknowledging the delicacy and beauty of the writer's treatment of her theme, took exception to the painful nature of the theme itself--the awakening of love for one and the same man in the hearts of a girl and her widowed mother. But Thackeray's daughter proved herself even then an artist by the skill with which she was able to imply the pathos of the situation without any tearing to mtters of its passion. An admirable restraint serves but to heighten the poignancy of more

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  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 816g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872282
  • 9781236872289