Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. I   By: (1856-1937)

Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. I by Edmund Downey

Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. I by Edmund Downey offers a captivating glimpse into the life and mind of one of the most renowned authors of the 19th century. Through a meticulously compiled collection of letters, Edmund Downey presents readers with an intimate portrait of Charles Lever, shedding light on his personal experiences, literary aspirations, and the social and political milieu that shaped his works.

The book takes readers on a chronological journey through Lever's life, from his childhood in Ireland to his eventual rise to literary fame. Downey's skillful selection and arrangement of Lever's letters offer a comprehensive and cohesive narrative that keeps the reader engrossed throughout.

What stands out about Downey's approach is his ability to strike a balance between storytelling and historical documentation. Each letter is introduced with informative footnotes that provide context, ensuring that readers of all backgrounds can fully understand the significance behind Lever's words. This not only enriches the reading experience but also serves as a rich resource for scholars and enthusiasts wishing to delve deeper into Lever's life and work.

Lever's voice, brought to life through his letters, is refreshingly candid and entertaining. He possesses a witty and playful style that showcases his natural talent as a wordsmith. While the book primarily focuses on Lever's personal life, his insightful comments on society, politics, and literature offer an intriguing lens into the intellectual climate of his time.

In addition to Lever's letters, the book features a collection of photographs, illustrations, and personal memorabilia that further bring his world to life. These visual elements complement the narrative, providing readers with a multi-dimensional understanding of Lever's life and the people who surrounded him.

One minor drawback of the book is the occasional repetition of certain details. However, given that the volume is compiled from various sources, this can be easily overlooked, considering the wealth of information and the otherwise high-quality editing and organization.

Overall, Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. I is a meticulously written and finely curated volume that sheds light on an often-overlooked literary figure. Edmund Downey's passion for Lever's work is evident throughout, and his efforts to present a comprehensive portrait of the author are commendable. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in Charles Lever, 19th-century literature, or the social and political dynamics that influenced the era's literary giants. As the first installment in the series, it promises an immersive and enlightening journey through Lever's life and letters.

First Page:


His Life in His Letters

By Edmund Downey

With Portraits

In Two Volumes, Vol. I.




To The Memory of JOHN BLACKWOOD,

a Member of a House whose transactions with Charles Lever are an object lesson in the relations which may exist between Author and Publisher.


When Charles Lever died (in 1872), his daughters were anxious that his biography should be written by Major Frank Dwyer, but Dwyer was unwilling to undertake the task, and Dr W. J. Fitzpatrick volunteered his services.

In 1896 I asked Mrs Nevill, the novelist's eldest daughter, if she would be willing to furnish a new biography of her father. In replying to me, Mrs Nevill said that although she felt "most intensely the utter inefficiency of Mr Fitzpatrick's 'Life,'" she feared her health would not permit her to undertake a task so serious as the one I proposed, but she would willingly give me any help in her power either for a new biography or for a revised edition of the existing 'Life.'

Mrs Nevill died, somewhat suddenly, in 1897, and, so far as I could ascertain, she left no material for a new or for a revised biography of her father. Shortly after her death I obtained from Mr Crafton Smith a son in law of Charles Lever a collection of letters written by the novelist... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books