Modern Literature And Literary Men; Being A Second Gallery Of Literary Portraits. Reprinted Entire…

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byGeorge Gilfillan

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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. 1850. Excerpt: ... is suspended a dry. rainless cloud of gloom, which chills and withers you. You become, it may be, a wiser, but certainly a sadder man. Longfellow sheds a chequered autumnal light, under which your soul, like a river, flows forward, serene, glad, strong, and singing as it flows--"Let us then be up and doing, With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait." PHILIP JAMES BAILEY. These sketches are by no means intended as a complete literary history of the age; yet we believe that in our two "Galleries" few names of great note will be found altogether omitted. We have not. indeed, analyzed at length such writers as Dickens, Thackeray, Home. Robert Browning, or our admirable friend Marston, partly because we are not fully acquainted with their works, and partly because they have been thoroughly treated by other writers. To omit, however a distinct notice of such a phenomenon as " Pestus" were unpardonable, and to this we now address ourselves. ' Pestus" is, indeed, a phenomenon. "When I read 'Pestus,'" said poor David Scott to us. "I was astonished to find such work going on in a mind of the present day." It seemed to him, as Edinburgh on first view was called by Haydon, a ': giant's dream" Indeed it much resembles one of Scott's own vast unearthly pictures, the archetypes of which he may have recognized now in that world of shadows, of which he was born and lived a denizen; for surely, if ever walked " phantom amongst men," it was the creator of " Vasco," "Sarpedon," and the " Kesurrection of the Cross." The first feeling which affected many besides us at the perusal of "Pestus" was a shock of surprise, mixed with pain, and not free from a shade of disgust. If we did not "believe," we trembled; if we did not sympathize,...

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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. 1850. Excerpt: ... is suspended a dry. rainless cloud of gloom, which chills and withers you. You become, it may be, a wiser, but certainly a sad...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.3 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217787940

ISBN - 13:9780217787949

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