Authors at work Charles Pebody

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Authors at work by Charles Pebody
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: SIR WALTER SCOTT. §IR WALTER SCOTT has been in his grave for fortyMorePurchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: SIR WALTER SCOTT.

§IR WALTER SCOTT has been in his grave for forty years. Even in Edinburgh there can hardly be more than a dozen persons who can recall the vision of his tall, athletic figure, with a pile of forehead and a pair of beetle brows, in green velvet shooting-coat and tartan plaid, limping through the hall of the Court of Session with a stick, to take his stand upon the hearth-rug with his back to the fire, and tell old border legends of Scott of Harden. Yet Scott still lives to-day as freshly in the recollection of most of us as if it were but yesterday that he was laid in his grave under the yew tree of Dryburgh churchyard.

We kuow him almost as well as we know all the people of his imagination. He is not, like most of our companions of the book shelves, the shadow of a mighty name and nothing more, but an old friend still grasping us by the hand, still telling us his quaint old Border legends, still playing with his dogs, still fresh in immortal youth. All h s thoughts, all the habits of his life, all his little tricks of manner and of voice, are as well known to us, through his son-in-laws sketch of his life, as those of Dr.

Johnson are known to us through Boswell- and this life is in itself, perhaps, one of the noblestand most inspiriting epics in our language. I know no man of Scotts genius whose life will bear the fierce light that is thrown upon it in the picturesque pages of Lockhart- and yet in the case of Scott the stronger the light that is thrown upon the workings of his mind, and upon all the habits of his life, the more distinctly does it bring out the lineaments which mark the frankest and manliest type of character. No man, it is said, is a hero to his valet de chambre, and with very rare exceptions no man of genius is a hero to his amanuenis.

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