It is not, perhaps, necessary to enumerate so many reasons why the author
of the Scottish Novels, as they were then exclusively termed, should be desirous to make an experiment on a subject purely English.
If there were not so many of them," said the curate, "they would be more relished: this book must be weeded and cleansed of certain vulgarities which it has with its excellences; let it be preserved because the author
is a friend of mine, and out of respect for other more heroic and loftier works that he has written.
The conclusions deduced from these facts are unavoidable, and in stating them the author
has been influenced by no feeling of animosity, either to the individuals themselves, or to that glorious cause which has not always been served by the proceedings of some of its advocates.
remembers it, a few years later, reduced to the humble office of a smoke-house.
They tried to look as little like authors
These Greek capitals, black with age, and quite deeply graven in the stone, with I know not what signs peculiar to Gothic caligraphy imprinted upon their forms and upon their attitudes, as though with the purpose of revealing that it had been a hand of the Middle Ages which had inscribed them there, and especially the fatal and melancholy meaning contained in them, struck the author
They are at least not part of the polemic which their author
sustained in the essays following them in this volume, and which might have been called, in conformity with 'My Literary Passions', by the title of 'My Literary Opinions' better than by the vague name which they actually wear.
There will be no lack of fairy-tale authors
in the future, I am sure.
Well, cheer up," the Author
resumed; "fame comes at the most unexpected times.
resuming his own the author
hopes to be held guiltless by those to
But before he was an author
he was a journalist, and as I say one of our first.
587: But the author
of the "Aegimius" says that he (Phrixus) was received without intermediary because of the fleece (1).
As I wanted to see a schoolmaster or two, and was forewarned that those gentlemen might, in their modesty, be shy of receiving a visit from the author
of the "Pickwick Papers," I consulted with a professional friend who had a Yorkshire connexion, and with whom I concerted a pious fraud.
It is scarcely the province of an author
to refute the arguments of his censors and vindicate his own productions; but I may be allowed to make here a few observations with which I would have prefaced the first edition, had I foreseen the necessity of such precautions against the misapprehensions of those who would read it with a prejudiced mind or be content to judge it by a hasty glance.
ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money.