Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860 [NOOK Book]

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"[...]has used Crabbe as a weapon in that battle of his with literary Liberalism which he has waged not always quite to the comprehension of his fellow-critics; Mr. Leslie Stephen has discussed him as one who knows and loves his eighteenth century. But who reads him? Who quotes him? Who likes him? I think I can venture to say, with all proper humility, that I know Crabbe pretty well; I think I may say with neither humility nor pride, but simply as a person whose business it has been for some years to read books, and articles, and debates, that I
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Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860

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"[...]has used Crabbe as a weapon in that battle of his with literary Liberalism which he has waged not always quite to the comprehension of his fellow-critics; Mr. Leslie Stephen has discussed him as one who knows and loves his eighteenth century. But who reads him? Who quotes him? Who likes him? I think I can venture to say, with all proper humility, that I know Crabbe pretty well; I think I may say with neither humility nor pride, but simply as a person whose business it has been for some years to read books, and articles, and debates, that I know what has been written and said in England lately. You will find hardly a note of Crabbe in these writings and sayings. He does not even survive, as "Matthew Green, who wrote[...]".
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  • BN ID: 2940024395080
  • Publisher: Percival
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1895 volume
  • File size: 608 KB

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MOORE. MOORE It would be interesting, though perhaps a little impertinent, to put to any given number of well-informed persons under the age of forty or fifty the sudden query, who was Thomas Brown the Younger ? And it is very possible that a majority of them would answer that he had something to do with Rugby. It is certain that with respect to that part of his work in which he was pleased so to call himself, Moore is but little known. The considerable mass of his hack-work has gone whither all hack-work goes, fortunately enough for those of us who have to do it. The vast monument erected to him by his pupil, friend, and literary executor, Lord Russell, or rather Lord John Russell, is a monument of such a Cyclopean order of architecture, both in respect of bulk and in respect of style, that most honest biographers and critics acknowledge themselves to have explored its recesses but cursorily. Less of him, even as a poet proper, is now read than of any of the brilliant group of poets of which he was one, with the possible exceptions of Crabbe and MOORE. r , ., .. Rogers ; while, more unfortunate than Crabbe, he has had no Mr. Courthope to come to his rescue. But he has recently had what is an unusual thing for an English poet, a French biographer.1 I shall not have very much to say of the details of M. Vallat's very creditable and useful monograph. It would be possible, if I were merely reviewing it, to pick out some of the curious errors of hasty deduction which are rarely wanting in a book of its nationality. If (and no shame to him) Moore's father sold cheese and whisky, le whisky ctlrlande was no doubt his staple commodity in the one branch, but scarcely le fromage de Stiltonin the other. An English lawyer's studies are not even now, except at the univers...
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Table of Contents

The kinds of criticism -- I. Crabbe -- II. Hogg -- III. Sydney Smith -- IV. Jeffrey -- V. Hazlitt -- VI. Moore -- VII. Leigh Hunt -- VIII. Peacock -- IX. Wilson -- X. De Quincey -- XI. Lockhart -- XII. Praed -- XIII. Borrow -- Appendix: A. De Quincey. B. Lockhart.
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