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A Dictionary of the Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature of Great Britain free pdf Excerpt from A Dictionary of the Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature of Great Britain: Including the Works of Foreigners Written in or Translated Into the English Language The want of a comprehensive Dictionary of our rich and important anonymous and pseudonymous Literature has long been a reproach to English Bibliography. The admirable works of this class, of which France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, and even Belgium, are able to boast, have been continually held up as examples, and pointed to as models of what should be done for English Literature. An eminent French bibliographer, M. Philarete Chasles, in tracing out, in the Revue des deux Mondes, an exhaustive plan for English Literature 'similar to that which other civilised nations already possess, ' begins his article thus: - 'In the whole history of literature there is not a more fantastical group of whimsicalities than that of the English pseudonyms which abound between 1688 and 1800- nor is there any subject so new and unexplored, and yet so little explained. During that time some hundreds of writers, among whom I shall only take certain notabilities, deliberately renounced the lustre of their own names, and sacrificed their vanity to their interest or passion. If they concealed their names and disguised their hand, it was to carry out their work better. One wishes to destroy an ancient reputation which is in his way- another wants to popularise sentiments which he considers useful- others to glorify the national vanity- the greater part to make their fortunes. There are the innocent and honest, as Defoe- the violent and imprudent, like Chatterton- the foolish like Ireland- the unskilful and the calumniators, like Landor- and lastly, the expert, like the Scotchman Macpherson, who deceived an entire generation of Europe and America.' About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Samuel Halkett
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330731352
EAN : 9781330731352
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 452 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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