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The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 2   By: (1785-1859)

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THE POSTHUMOUS WORKS

OF

THOMAS DE QUINCEY

EDITED FROM THE AUTHOR'S MSS., WITH INTRODUCTIONS AND NOTES

BY

ALEXANDER H. JAPP LL.D., F.R.S.E.

VOLUME II.

LONDON WILLIAM HEINEMANN 1893

[ All rights reserved ]

CONVERSATION AND COLERIDGE

With Other Essays

CRITICAL, HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL, IMAGINATIVE AND HUMOROUS

BY

THOMAS DE QUINCEY

LONDON WILLIAM HEINEMANN 1893

PREFACE.

All that is needful for me to say by way of Preface is that, as in the case of the first volume, I have received much aid from Mrs. Baird Smith and Miss De Quincey, and that Mr. J. R. McIlraith has repeated his friendly service of reading the proofs.

ALEXANDER H. JAPP.

LONDON, March 1st, 1893.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

INTRODUCTION 1

I. CONVERSATION AND S. T. COLERIDGE 7

II. MR. FINLAY'S HISTORY OF GREECE 60

III. THE ASSASSINATION OF CÆSAR 91

IV. CICERO (SUPPLEMENTARY TO PUBLISHED ESSAY) 95

V. MEMORIAL CHRONOLOGY 107

VI. CHRYSOMANIA; OR, THE GOLD FRENZY IN ITS PRESENT STAGE 157

VII. DEFENCE OF THE ENGLISH PEERAGE 169

VIII. THE ANTI PAPAL MOVEMENT 174

IX. THEORY AND PRACTICE 182

X. POPE AND DIDACTIC POETRY 189

XI. SHAKSPEARE AND WORDSWORTH 197

XII. CRITICISM ON SOME OF COLERIDGE'S CRITICISMS OF WORDSWORTH 201

XIII. WORDSWORTH AND SOUTHEY: AFFINITIES AND DIFFERENCES 208

XIV. PRONUNCIATION 213

XV. THE JEWISH SCRIPTURES COULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN IN NO MODERN ERA 221

XVI. DISPERSION OF THE JEWS, AND JOSEPHUS'S ENMITY TO CHRISTIANITY 225

XVII. CHRISTIANITY AS THE RESULT OF PRE ESTABLISHED HARMONY 228

XVIII. THE MESSIANIC IDEA ROMANIZED 238

XIX. CONTRAST OF GREEK AND PERSIAN FEELING IN CERTAIN ASPECTS 241

XX. OMITTED PASSAGES AND VARIED READINGS 244 1. Dinner 244 2. Omitted Passages from the Review of Bennett's Ceylon 246 3. Gillman's Coleridge 255 4. Why Scripture does not Deal with Science ('Pagan Oracles') 257 5. Variation on a Famous Passage in 'The Daughter of Lebanon' 260

DE QUINCEY'S POSTHUMOUS WORKS.

INTRODUCTION.

All that needs to be said in the way of introduction to this volume will best take the form of notes on the articles which it contains.

I. ' Conversation and S. T. Coleridge. ' This article, which was found in a tolerably complete condition, may be regarded as an attempt to deal with the subject in a more critical and searching, and at the same time more sympathetic and inclusive spirit, than is apparent in any former essay. It keeps clear entirely of the field of personal reminiscence; and if it glances at matters on which dissent must be entered to the views of Coleridge, it is still unvaryingly friendly and reverent towards the subject. It is evidently of a later date than either the 'Reminiscences of Coleridge' in the 'Recollections of the Lakes' series, or the article on 'Coleridge and Opium Eating,' and may be accepted as De Quincey's supplementary and final deliverance on Coleridge. The beautiful apostrophe to the name of Coleridge, which we have given as a kind of motto to the essay, was found attached to one of the sheets; and, in spite of much mutilation and mixing of the pages with those of other articles, as we originally found them, it was for the most part so clearly written and carefully punctuated, that there can be no doubt, when put together, we had it before us very much as De Quincey meant to publish it had he found a fitting chance to do so... Continue reading book >>




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