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Piccadilly A Fragment of Contemporary Biography

Piccadilly A Fragment of Contemporary Biography by  Laurence Oliphant
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Laurence Oliphant, author, international traveller, diplomatist and mystic, who spent a decade in later life under the influence of the spiritualist prophet Thomas Lake Harris, writes here under the amusing guise of Lord Frank Vanecourt, bringing us a veritable pot-pourri of events from everyday life in 1865 as he moves amongst the great, the good, and not so good who reside in the exclusive area of London's Piccadilly W1 and its surroundings. (Introduction by Nigel Carrington)

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PICCADILLY

A FRAGMENT OF CONTEMPORARY BIOGRAPHY

BY LAURENCE OLIPHANT

WITH EIGHT ILLUSTRATIONS BY RICHARD DOYLE

ELEVENTH EDITION

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS EDINBURGH AND LONDON MDCCCXCII

This Work originally appeared in 'Blackwood's Magazine,' and has been since revised and altered by the Author.

"Some make love in poetry, And some in Piccadilly."

PRAED.

"FAITHFUL. 'I say, then, in answer to what Mr Envy hath spoken, I never said aught but this, That what rule, or laws, or customs, or people, were flat against the Word of God, are diametrically opposed to Christianity. If I have said amiss in this, convince me of my error, and I am ready here, before you all, to make my recantation.'" BUNYAN'S 'Pilgrim's Progress.'

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PREFACE.

Five years have elapsed since the following pages were penned, and periodically issued, under an impulse which seemed at the time irresistible. I found myself unable, by any conscious act of volition, to control either the plot or the style... Continue reading book >>


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