Lights And Shadows Of London Life

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James Payn (1830-1898) was an English novelist. Before going to Cambridge he had published some verses in Leigh Hunt's Journal, and while still an undergraduate he put forth a volume of Stories from Boccaccio in 1852, and in 1853 a volume of Poems. He contributed regularly to Household Words and Chambers's Journal. In 1858 he acted as joint-editor of the latter periodical. He became sole editor in 1860, and conducted the magazine with much success for fifteen years. In the pages of the Journal he published his ...
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Overview

James Payn (1830-1898) was an English novelist. Before going to Cambridge he had published some verses in Leigh Hunt's Journal, and while still an undergraduate he put forth a volume of Stories from Boccaccio in 1852, and in 1853 a volume of Poems. He contributed regularly to Household Words and Chambers's Journal. In 1858 he acted as joint-editor of the latter periodical. He became sole editor in 1860, and conducted the magazine with much success for fifteen years. In the pages of the Journal he published his most popular story, Lost Sir Massingberd in 1864. From this time he was always engaged in novel-writing. Amongst his other works are Bred in the Bone; or, Like Father Like Son (1872), Woman's Vengeance (1872), By Proxy (1878), A Perfect Treasure (1881), Some Private Views (1881) and Gleams of Memory (1894).
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  • ISBN-13: 9781409966418
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2009
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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If Mr. Frith had lived in them, they would not have lacked all memento as they now do. How admirably would he have secured for us for ever that splendid national scene, the Departure of the Mail from St. Martiu's-le-Grand a spectacle that will never more be seen of men. With the drivers of a railway train, it is impossible that the general public (with the exception of such gentlemen of fashion as Mr. Wyndham, with whom engine-driving was a relaxation) can have much personal acquaintance; but with the Railway Guards it is different. I heard at least a score of people remark upon the fidelity with which Mr. Frith had reproduced the features of the Great Western officials. From what rank of life, I wonder, do those courteous and intelligent persons come ? They have not the somewhat broad joviality of the old scarlet-coated mail- guards, who, like their brethren of the box, were a little spoiled by the flatteries of the public, but they are always good-natured and attentive; whilethe porters present a remarkable contrast, in their gratuitous civility, to the harpies who were wont to take charge of the luggage of the unhappy traveller by the mail-coach. Oh, shades of " Boots " extortionate (from whom, as I believe, must have arisen the word Booty, spoil of the traveller), into whatlimbo have you fled,now that "every charge for attendance is included in the hotel-bill !" No more, at parting, shall you stand, with cap in hand pretending to wipe your brow bedewed with labour on account of that little carpet-bag of ours and bid us, with sycophantic smile, to " remember" you. We deemed it, in those days, a most superfluous exhortation, for we had no hope that the day would come when itwould be possible to forget you; but now, behold the whirligig of Time has brought about our revenge....
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