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Letters to Dead Authors

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With twenty two letters, addressed to various already deceased authors, Andrew Lang discusses literary subjects with his usual humour and acidity. The impulse for the writing of the letters came, almost as a joke, from the editor of the 'St. James's Gazette,' and sixteen of the letters collected in the volume appeared first in that journal. According to the author, "some of the Letters are written rather to suit the Correspondent than to express the writer's own taste or opinions"; in all of them, though, the reader will find the charming wit of their author.

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By Andrew Lang


I. To W. M. Thackeray II. To Charles Dickens III. To Pierre De Ronsard IV. To Herodotus V. Epistle to Mr. Alexander Pope VI. To Lucian of Samosata VII. To Maitre Francoys Rabelais VIII. To Jane Austen IX. To Master Isaak Walton X. To M. Chapelain XI. To Sir John Manndeville, Kt XII. To Alexandre Dumas XIII. To Theocritus XIV. To Edgar Allan Poe XV. To Sir Walter Scott, Bart. XVI. To Eusebius of Caesarea XVII. To Percy Bysshe Shelley XVIII. To Monsieur De Moliére, Valet De Chambre du Roi XIX. To Robert Burns XX. To Lord Byron XXI. To Omar Khayya'm XXII. 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... Continue reading book >>

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