Familiar Studies of Men and Books

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byRobert Louis Stevenson

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... of eighteen, Nomura, of Choshu, whose eagerness betrayed the plot. It is exhilarating to have lived in the same days with these great hearted gentlemen. Only a few miles from us, to speak by the proportion of the universe, while I was droning over my lessons, Yoshida was goading himself to be wakeful with the stings of the mosquito; and while you were grudging a penny income tax, Kusakabe was stepping to death with a noble sentence on his lips. FRANCOIS VILLON, STUDENT, POET, AND HOUSEBREAKER PERHAPS one of the most curious revolutions in literary history is the sudden bull's-eye light cast by M. Longnon on the obscure existence of Francois Villon.1 His book is not remarkable merely as a chapter of biography exhumed after four centuries. To readers of the poet it will recall, with a flavour of satire, that characteristic passage in which he bequeaths his spectacles--with a humourous reservation of the case--to the hospital for blind paupers known as the Fifteen-Score. Thus equipped, let the blind paupers go and separate the good from the bad in the cemetery of the Innocents! For his own part the poet can see no distinction. Much have the dead people made of their advantages. What does it matter now that they have lain in state beds and nourished portly bodies upon cakes and cream! Here they all lie, to be trodden in the mud; the large estate and the small, sounding virtue and adroit or powerful vice, in very much the same condition; and a bishop not to be distinguished from a lamplighter with even the strongest spectacles. Such was Villon's cynical philosophy. Four hun 'Etude Biographique sur Francois Villon. Paris, H. Menu. dred years after his death, when surely all danger might be considered at an end, a pair of critical spectacles...

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... of eighteen, Nomura, of Choshu, whose eagerness betrayed the plot. It is exhilarating to have lived in the sam...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217834493

ISBN - 13:9780217834490

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