George Borrow, the Man and His Work

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byRobert Alfred John Walling

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI BORROW'S BOOKS Strong was the appeal made to a very wide public by "The Bible in Spain." What was the nature of the appeal? It was unique; but it was not inherently surprising. "I woke one morning and found myself famous," said Byron of the reception of "Childe Harold." Borrow's gigantic leap from the shades of chilly neglect into the sunshine of popularity was equally sudden and less obviously explicable. He had none of the social advantages that helped to spread the notoriety of Byron's achievement. Comparatively few people knew anything about the obscure son of the adjutant of the Norfolk Militia; and we have already seen that his special type of genius made no special impression on that generation. Yet " The Bible in Spain " went forth from Albemarle Street into " the reading world " to make a triumphal progress amidst storms of applause. This furore was created not entirely by the real merits of the book, but largely by adventitious circumstances. It has great merits. But there is more work, there is better work, in "Lavengro"; the latter is a far more representative Borrow book than its forerunner. It has more of Borrow's humour, more of his subtility; it is far more fascinating as a human document. Yet "Lavengro" was still-born. It was received with no applause. The critics disapproved of it, and the public did not buy it. Whereas thirty-five thousand copies of "The Bible in Spain" were sold in a year, it took the same time to get rid of a thousand copies of " Lavengro." Thus, the real reasons of the success of 1843 did not reside primarily in the qualities for which we admire the book to-day. The attributes that make it something more than a mere record of a colporteur's labours, its picaresque liveliness, its saturnine humour, its vivid sket...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI BORROW'S BOOKS Strong was the appeal made to a very wide public by "The Bible in Spain." What was the nature of the appea...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217839061

ISBN - 13:9780217839068

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