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My Life as an Author   By: (1810-1889)

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[Illustration: Martin F. Tupper. Elliott & Fry, Photographers. ]

Martin Tupper's Autobiography

MY LIFE

AS AN AUTHOR

BY

MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER D.C.L. F.R.S.

Viri, vivo, vivam.

LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE, & RIVINGTON CROWN BUILDINGS, 188 FLEET STREET, E.C. 1886

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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. Page Preliminary Sonnet Public Life, not Private Benjamin Franklin Samples from Books Self judgment 1 6

CHAPTER II.

Infancy and Schooldays Parentage Germany and Guernsey, America and Canada Winsor's Patent Gaslights King George III.'s Blessing My Father's Dream Second Sight Heredity First School at Brentford Next at Brook Green Third Charterhouse Dr. Russell Parson Schoolmasters Coins and Hoops Andrew Irvine Cockshies Harpies at the Feast Dr. Stocker Holt's M'Neile Harold Browne 7 25

CHAPTER III.

Young Authorship in Verse and Prose Melite Rough Rhymes Carthage Umbrella Sapphics Height of Honesty Holkar Hall Melrose Abbey Heidelberg Pterodactyles The Buckstone Scotch Journal Vitrified Forts Ireland Kingston Caverns Cornish Letter and Sketches Penzance The Logan Land's End St. Michael's Mount Rapid Travel 26 51

CHAPTER IV.

College Days Voice from the Cloister Gladstone Aristotle Class Giants in those Days Studentship A Reading Man College Larks D.C.L. Dr. Bliss 52 61

CHAPTER V.

Failure as to Orders Stammering Blewbury Vicarage Lincoln's Inn Lewin's Critique Brodie's Cacography Inkpen's Entomology Duke of Wellington Walters' Letter as to India Barrister and Benedict A Hoax Theodore Hook Old Lady Cork 62 71

CHAPTER VI.

Stammering Man's Privilege of Speech Chess Playing Anecdotes Angling Fishing Sonnets 72 78

CHAPTER VII.

Oxford Prize Poems Verses in the Schools Parodies Rhyme and Rhythm Scriptural Science Classic Parallels 79 85

CHAPTER VIII.

Sundry Providences The Small Semisuicide A Concussion Horse Accidents Perils by Land and Sea Lydstep Cavern 86 89

CHAPTER IX.

Yet more Escapes White Cross Guild Evils and Temptations Potipheras Heresies Creeds 90 94

CHAPTER X.

Fads and Fancies Vegetarian Teetotalism The Anglo Saxon Opera Colonnade Moderation America Revisited Poem on Temperance and Total Abstinence Gough Dr. Hodgkin A Martyr Clerical Letter on Pharisaism 95 104

CHAPTER XI.

Sacra Poesis Geraldine Critiques John and Tom Hughes Donnington Priory Little Providences 105 110

CHAPTER XII.

Origin of "Proverbial Philosophy" M'Neile and Stebbing N.P. Willis Harrison Ainsworth Hatchard's Moxon's Cassell's A Prophecy My Father's Letter and Gift Sixty Times Politeuphuia Parallels Mr. Orton's Volume American Laudations, and English As to per contra Copyright Question Wedding Gifts An Elizabethan Author Seldom Seen, and Few Adventures 111 133

CHAPTER XIII.

A Modern Pyramid The Vision A Fearful Flight Imagination The Crystal Cubes and Mud Bricks Sonnets and Sonneteering Mackay and Shakespeare's 134 144

CHAPTER XIV.

An Author's Mind Prefatory Ramble Addled Eggs The Mental Cathedral Probabilities Job's Trials 145 152

CHAPTER XV.

The Crock of Gold Dramatised in Boston and London Origin of the Story The Twins Heart: drawn from Living Models Critiques from Ollier and St. John 153 158

CHAPTER XVI.

Æsop Smith Mudie's Rabelaisian Hints The Early Gallop Alfred, or Albert Order Fables 159 162

CHAPTER XVII.

Stephan Langton King Alfred's Poems The Silent Pool Hard Reading for the History The Book still in Print Curious Metrical Translation of Anglo Saxon Poetry The Jubilee at Wantage and at Liverpool 163 169

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