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Home Life of Great Authors   By: (1842-1909)

Home Life of Great Authors by Hattie Tyng Griswold

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HOME LIFE OF GREAT AUTHORS.

HOME LIFE

OF

GREAT AUTHORS

BY

HATTIE TYNG GRISWOLD

SEVENTH EDITION

CHICAGO A. C. McCLURG & CO. 1902

COPYRIGHT BY A. C. MCCLURG AND CO. A.D. 1886.

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PREFACE.

The author of these sketches desires to say that they were written, not for the special student of literary biography, who is already familiar with the facts here given, but rather for those busy people who have little time for reading, yet wish to know something of the private life and personal history of their favorite authors. The sketches are not intended to be critical, or to present anything like complete biographies. They are devoted chiefly to the home life of the various authors, which, though an instructive and fascinating study, seems commonly neglected in popular biographies.

It should be added that a few of these sketches have already appeared in print, but they have been rewritten to adapt them to their present purpose.

H. T. G.

COLUMBUS, WIS., October, 1886.

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CONTENTS.

PAGE

GOETHE 9

ROBERT BURNS 24

MADAME DE STAËL 34

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH 43

THOMAS DE QUINCEY 54

WALTER SCOTT 64

CHARLES LAMB 75

CHRISTOPHER NORTH 85

LORD BYRON 94

SHELLEY 102

WASHINGTON IRVING 112

WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT 122

RALPH WALDO EMERSON 133

THOMAS CARLYLE 142

VICTOR HUGO 150

GEORGE SAND 164

THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY 177

EDWARD BULWER LYTTON 188

ALFRED TENNYSON 197

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE 207

HENRY W. LONGFELLOW 220

JOHN G. WHITTIER 238

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES 251

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL 262

ROBERT AND ELIZABETH BROWNING 274

CHARLOTTE BRONTÉ 286

MARGARET FULLER 302

EDGAR ALLEN POE 312

WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 322

CHARLES DICKENS 335

GEORGE ELIOT 351

CHARLES KINGSLEY 363

JOHN RUSKIN 372

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Home Life of Great Authors.

GOETHE.

In an old, many cornered, and gloomy house at Frankfort on the Main, upon the 28th of August, 1749, was born the greatest German of his day, Wolfgang Goethe. The back of the house, from the second story, commanded a very pleasant prospect over an almost immeasurable extent of gardens stretching to the walls of the city, but the house itself was gloomy, being shut in by a high wall. Over these gardens beyond the walls and ramparts of the city, stretched a long plain, where the young Wolfgang, serious and thoughtful, was wont to wander and to learn his lessons. He had the sort of superstitious dread which is usually the inheritance of children with a poetic nature, and suffered greatly in childhood from fear... Continue reading book >>




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