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Derrick Vaughan, Novelist   By: (1857-1903)

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Derrick Vaughan, Novelist by Edna Lyall is a profound and thought-provoking literary work that delves deep into the world of writing, love, and identity. Set in Victorian England, the novel follows the journey of Derrick Vaughan, a struggling author who strives to find his voice and make a name for himself in the literary realm.

What makes this book truly exceptional is Lyall's ability to seamlessly interweave multiple storylines, creating a rich tapestry of characters and emotions. From Derrick's complicated love affair with the enigmatic Ethel Hayward to his humble upbringing in a small village, the narrative explores the complexities of human relationships and the sacrifices one must make in pursuit of success.

Lyall's writing style is both eloquent and introspective, immersing the reader in the protagonist's internal struggle. Through detailed descriptions and vivid imagery, she skillfully captures the essence of the Victorian era, transporting readers to a time of societal expectations and burgeoning literary movements.

One of the book's strongest aspects is its exploration of the creative process and the challenges faced by aspiring writers. As Derrick battles self-doubt and external pressures, his determination to overcome adversity becomes a source of inspiration. The author's own background as a writer shines through, lending an authenticity to Derrick's journey that resonates with all creative souls.

Moreover, the novel's strong feminist undertones provide a refreshing perspective, especially considering its publication date in 1892. Lyall challenges traditional gender roles and inequalities, giving voice to female characters who are not merely decorative, but empowered individuals with dreams and ambitions of their own.

While some readers may find the pacing of the book slow at times, it is this contemplative nature that allows for a deeper exploration of the characters' inner worlds. Lyall's attention to detail and commitment to fleshing out her characters adds a layer of richness to the story that is worth savoring.

Derrick Vaughan, Novelist stands as a timeless classic that speaks to the universal themes of pursuing one's passions, defying societal expectations, and finding one's true self. Edna Lyall's masterful storytelling captures the hearts of readers, providing a glimpse into the complexities of life and art. A must-read for anyone who appreciates literature that engages, inspires, and challenges.

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By Edna Lyall

'It is only through deep sympathy that a man can become a great artist.' Lewes's Life of Goethe.

'Sympathy is feeling related to an object, whilst sentiment is the same feeling seeking itself alone.' Arnold Toynbee.

Chapter I.

'Nothing fills a child's mind like a large old mansion; better if un or partially occupied; peopled with the spirits of deceased members of the county and Justices of the Quorum. Would I were buried in the peopled solitude of one, with my feelings at seven years old!' From Letters of Charles Lamb.

To attempt a formal biography of Derrick Vaughan would be out of the question, even though he and I have been more or less thrown together since we were both in the nursery. But I have an odd sort of wish to note down roughly just a few of my recollections of him, and to show how his fortunes gradually developed, being perhaps stimulated to make the attempt by certain irritating remarks which one overhears now often enough at clubs or in drawing rooms, or indeed wherever one goes. "Derrick Vaughan," say these authorities of the world of small talk, with that delightful air of omniscience which invariably characterises them, "why, he simply leapt into fame. He is one of the favourites of fortune... Continue reading book >>

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