Published in 1920, these buoyant essays, which originally appeared in the New Statesman, display the author's critical analyses of men of letters and literature. Contents includes "Was Cromwell an Alligator?," "Mr. Barclay Sees it Through," "The Muse in Liquor," and "Wordsworth’s Personal Dullness."
About the Author
Solomon Eagle (1884-1958) was born Sir John Collings Squire. Under his own name, Squire was a popular English poet, writer, historian, editor, and critic. The original bearer of his pen name, according to the author was “a poor maniac who…used to run naked through the street, with a pan of coals of fire on his head.” Knighted in 1933, Squire’s journalistic work gave him control of a substantial portion of the London press. An autobiography, The Honeysuckle and the Bee, appeared in 1937; his Collected Poems appeared posthumously in 1959.