Suppressed Chapters; And Other Bookishness

Suppressed Chapters; And Other Bookishness

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...village. It is doubtful whether more disagreeable people were ever gathered in a single novel (outside of " Wuthering Heights ") than in "Pembroke." The first hundred pages of the book are a record of family bickering and quarrels in three households--in which brothers and sisters, and mothers and fathers are arrayed against each other in the name of the Lord. We have been told in New England-made histories that it is from homes like these that the strong men, the " makers of the Republie," in politics, literature, and art, have sprung. One can imagine Colonel Carter saying, after reading "Pembroke," "By gad, sah, we may not be makahs of the Republic, sah, but we know how to live respectably, affectionately, and honorably with our own people! " " DAVID BALFOUR " T is a very trying test of the growth and performance of a writer when he publishes the sequel to a great success after a long interval. Robert Louis Stevenson set up such a standard for judgment when he published the sequel to "Kidnapped"--the memoirs and adventures of " David Balfour." The critical reader may hold himself in this attitude of judgment for the first hundred pages of " David Balfour." For that space he will admire chiefly the admirable technic of the novel. He will marvel most of all, perhaps, at the intellectual dexterity with which Stevenson put himself, body and soul, into the Scotland of 17 5r, and then proceeded, with the ease of an eighteenth-century Scotchman, to write four or five Scotch dialects in the same chapter--Highland and Lowland, chief and peasant, Fife and Lothian--each differing from the other by some gradations of pronunciation, some more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236780167
  • 9781236780164