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Letters to Dead Authors   By: (1844-1912)

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In Andrew Lang's "Letters to Dead Authors," readers are taken on a nostalgic journey through time as the author pens heartfelt letters to some of literature's most iconic figures. Lang's prose is elegant and evocative, capturing the essence of each author's work and the impact they have had on generations of readers.

Through these letters, Lang explores not only the literary achievements of these authors but also their personal lives, struggles, and triumphs. The book is a beautiful blend of literary analysis and personal reflection, inviting readers to consider the timeless themes and messages that continue to resonate in these classic works.

Overall, "Letters to Dead Authors" is a poignant and thought-provoking read that will appeal to anyone with a love for literature and a desire to connect with the great literary minds of the past. Lang's intimate and insightful approach makes this book a must-read for book lovers everywhere.

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This etext was prepared from the 1886 Longmans, Green, and Co. edition by David Price, email



Preface To W. M. Thackeray To Charles Dickens To Pierre de Ronsard To Herodotus Epistle to Mr. Alexander Pope To Lucian of Samosata To Maitre Francoys Rabelais To Jane Austen To Master Isaak Walton To M. Chapelain To Sir John Maundeville, Kt. To Alexandre Dumas To Theocritus To Edgar Allan Poe To Sir Walter Scott, Bart. To Eusebius of Caesarea To Percy Bysshe Shelley To Monsieur de Moliere To Robert Burns To Lord Byron To Omar Khayyam To Q. Horatius Flaccus


Sixteen of these Letters, which were written at the suggestion of the Editor of the "St. James's Gazette," appeared in that journal, from which they are now reprinted, by the Editor's kind permission. They have been somewhat emended, and a few additions have been made. The Letters to Horace, Byron, Isaak Walton, Chapelain, Ronsard, and Theocritus have not been published before.

The gem on the title page, now engraved for the first time, is a red cornelian in the British Museum, probably Graeco Roman, and treated in an archaistic style. It represents Hermes Psychagogos, with a Soul, and has some likeness to the Baptism of Our Lord, as usually shown in art... Continue reading book >>

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