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

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My Life as an Author by Martin Farquhar Tupper is a captivating memoir that provides readers an intimate glimpse into the life of a writer. Tupper masterfully weaves together his personal experiences, writing philosophy, and insightful anecdotes to create a work that is both engaging and thought-provoking.

Throughout the book, Tupper reflects on the arduous yet gratifying journey of becoming a successful author. He shares his early struggles, the rejection letters that piled up, and the moments of self-doubt that every writer can relate to. Tupper's honest portrayal of his literary career creates a relatable narrative that reminds readers that behind every published work lies countless hours of dedication and perseverance.

What sets this memoir apart is Tupper's unfiltered exploration of the creative process. He tackles the common challenges faced by writers, such as finding inspiration, battling writer's block, and the intricate balance between artistry and commercial viability. His insights are not only enriching but also serve as a source of motivation for aspiring authors, urging them to persist in their endeavors.

Beyond the mechanics of writing, Tupper delves deep into the emotional and intellectual aspects of being an author. He discusses the transformative power of literature, its ability to shape minds, influence society, and connect human beings. Tupper's musings offer profound observations on the role and responsibility of an author, further emphasizing how language and storytelling can profoundly impact the world.

One of the commendable aspects of Tupper's memoir is his ability to blend his narrative with moments of humor and wit. His charming anecdotes, witty remarks, and humorous reflections bring a light-heartedness to the book. This injection of levity prevents the memoir from becoming too solemn, making it an enjoyable read for both seasoned writers and casual readers alike.

Additionally, My Life as an Author offers a glimpse into the historical and cultural context of Tupper's time. By immersing readers in his experiences, Tupper captures the essence of the literary world during the 19th century. From his encounters with fellow authors to his observations on society's reception of literature, Tupper provides valuable insights into a bygone era, making this memoir an informative piece of historical literature.

Ultimately, My Life as an Author is a captivating memoir that offers readers an enthralling blend of personal reflection, writing philosophy, and historical context. Tupper's honest and eloquent writing style is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who embarks on this literary journey with him. This book serves as an inspiration for aspiring authors, a reminder of the power of words, and a testament to the enduring artistry of storytelling.

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

Martin Tupper's Autobiography





Viri, vivo, vivam.


[ All rights reserved ]


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


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


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... Continue reading book >>

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