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Res Judicatæ Papers and Essays   By: (1850-1933)

Res Judicatæ Papers and Essays by Augustine Birrell

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RES JUDICATÆ

IN UNIFORM BINDING

=ANDREW LANG=

Letters to Dead Authors $1 00

=AUGUSTINE BIRRELL=

Obiter Dicta First Series 1 00 Obiter Dicta Second Series 1 00 Res Judicatæ 1 00

=W. E. HENLEY=

Views and Reviews Literature 1 00

RES JUDICATÆ

PAPERS AND ESSAYS

BY

AUGUSTINE BIRRELL AUTHOR OF 'OBITER DICTA,' ETC.

'It need hardly be added that such sentences do not any more than the records of the superior courts conclude as to matters which may or may not have been controverted.' See BLACKHAM'S Case I. Salkeld 290

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS 1892

COPYRIGHT, 1892, BY

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS.

PREFACE

The first two essays in this volume were composed as lectures, and are now printed for the first time; the others have endured that indignity before. The papers on 'The Letters of Charles Lamb' and 'Authors in Court' originally appeared in Macmillan's Magazine ; and the short essays entitled 'William Cowper' and 'George Borrow' in the Reflector , a lively sheet which owed its existence to and derived its inspiration from the energy and genius of the late Mr. J. K. Stephen, whose too early death has not only eclipsed the gaiety of many gatherings, but has robbed the country of the service of a noble and truth loving man.

The other papers appeared either in Scribner's Magazine or in the columns of the Speaker newspaper.

Although, by the kindness of my present publishers, I have always been practically a 'protected article' in the States, I cannot help expressing my pleasure in finding myself in the enjoyment of the same modest rights as an author in the new home of my people as in the old.

A. B.

LINCOLN'S INN, LONDON.

CONTENTS PAGE

I. SAMUEL RICHARDSON 1

II. EDWARD GIBBON 39

III. WILLIAM COWPER 84

IV. GEORGE BORROW 115

V. CARDINAL NEWMAN 140

VI. MATTHEW ARNOLD 181

VII. WILLIAM HAZLITT 224

VIII. THE LETTERS OF CHARLES LAMB 232

IX. AUTHORS IN COURT 253

X. NATIONALITY 274

XI. THE REFORMATION 284

XII. SAINTE BEUVE 298

SAMUEL RICHARDSON

A LECTURE

It is difficult to describe mankind either in a book or in a breath, and none but the most determined of philosophers or the most desperate of cynics have attempted to do so, either in one way or the other. Neither the philosophers nor the cynics can be said to have succeeded. The descriptions of the former are not recognisable and therefore as descriptions at all events, whatever may be their other merits, must be pronounced failures; whilst those of the cynics describe something which bears to ordinary human nature only the same sort of resemblance that chemically polluted waters bear to the stream as it flows higher up than the source of contamination, which in this case is the cynic himself... Continue reading book >>




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