The Case Of Sir John Fastolf; And Other Historical Studies

Paperback | January 19, 2012

byDavid Wallace Duthie

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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. 1907. Excerpt: ... CHATEAUBRIAND AND HIS ENGLISH NEIGHBOURS For nearly three-quarters of a century the memoirs of a great literary Frenchman have been dead to the average English reader. It is true that the task of translation was one not lightly to be undertaken, for in Chateaubriand the artist predominates: his surpassing merit lies in his diction. But within the last eighteen months his thoughts have been dressed in an English garb, and whatever of that subtle originality which we call style it has been possible to distil from a foreign language and reproduce in our own has been done--and notably well done--by Mr. Teixeira de Mattos. The general tone of the memoirs is pessimistic and depressing. "Life does not suit me" (it is thus our author prefaces his volume); "death will perhaps become me better." The place in which he first saw the light is "the room in which my mother inflicted life on me," and his godfather is "the unfortunate brother who gave me a name which I have nearly always dragged through misfortune." His favourite quotations are the most sombre utterances of the patriarch Job. Looking upon his life as one long misery, he wishes it would come to an end. His memoirs are dated "from beyond the grave." In such sentiments as these it is not easy to recognise the man who sprang into fame at a bound with one of the most notable literary successes of the nineteenth century--who, whatever the nature of the conflict raging in his own mind, attained distinction and outward prosperity, and (in spite of his repinings for death) reached a green old age. Living, his name--to quote his own description--" flew from pole to pole ": dead, a cross alone was necessary to mark the tomb of a famous son of France. To have known Burke a broken-hearted father, and Pitt in the heyda...

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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. 1907. Excerpt: ... CHATEAUBRIAND AND HIS ENGLISH NEIGHBOURS For nearly three-quarters of a century the memoirs of a great literary Frenchman have...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217574831

ISBN - 13:9780217574839

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