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Lady of the Lake

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By: (1767-1816)

Lady of the Lake by Edmund John Eyre is a captivating historical fiction novel that transports the reader to the rugged and untamed world of early Australian settlement. The story follows the life of the strong-willed and independent protagonist, Ellen, as she navigates the challenges of life in the harsh and unforgiving landscape of the Australian bush.

Eyre's vivid descriptions bring the setting to life, and the characters are well-developed and realistically portrayed. Ellen is a captivating and complex protagonist, and her journey is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. The novel is filled with twists and turns, and the tension builds steadily throughout the narrative, keeping the reader engaged until the very end.

Overall, Lady of the Lake is a gripping and beautifully written novel that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and adventure. Edmund John Eyre's attention to detail and rich storytelling make this book a must-read for anyone looking for a compelling tale set in the early days of Australian colonization.

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At the request of Mr. Siddons, Manager and Patentee of the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh, the following Performance was composed. I am very sensible that Mr. Scott’s Poem of “The Lady of the Lake” afforded material for a much superior Drama than the one here presented to the public; but as Mr. Siddons, in all his correspondence with me on the subject, urged expedition, I was more attentive to the interest of a Friend than to the fame of an Author; and the whole piece was arranged, written, and copied in the short space of ten days. I can claim little merit beyond that of a compiler. Some few flowrets, indeed (or rather weeds, as the critics may call them, at the foot of Parnassus), are of my own planting; but the praise of poetic ingenuity belongs solely to the Author from whence the scenes, characters, and sentiments have been borrowed. To quote the translated words of Montaigne, which have been appositely applied to similar compositions, I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought little more of my own than the band which ties them.

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