The International Library of Famous Literature, Vol. 9 of 20
Excerpt from The International Library of Famous Literature, Vol. 9 of 20: Selections From the Worlds Great Writers Ancient, Mediaeval, and Modern, With Biographical and Explanatory Notes and Critical Essays We are saved the trouble of constructing this succession of animated photographs in the case of Defoe. In that wonderful series of novels which he began at an age when most men are thinking of rest, he has photographed and fixed for ever the city life which rolled on around him. We are led through the streets of London; we see the poor little waits and strays, the pick pockets, the motherless girls, the wretched women, the soldiers; the apprentices, the tradesmen, the merchants, - all that the city of London contained at that time. Especially, he enables us to understand, as no other writer of the time can do - certainly not Addison or Swift, neither of whom knew the city - that strange revival of enterprise and adventure which possessed our people at that time. Ive are so much accustomed to think of the scholarly calm of Addison and his friends; of the slow and dignified carriage which would not admit of haste; of the round smooth face on which leisure seems stamped; of the full wig which must not be disarranged by eager gesture - that we do not realise the animation of change; the busy crowds of the port; the merchants preparing their next venture into unknown seas to unknown nations; the arrival of the weather-beaten captain after a brush with the Moorish pirates. These things we find in Defoe and in Defoe alone. So also with Fielding. The life which he drew is not that of the City; it is that of the country and the west-end. The country gentleman, the adventurer, the debtor's prison, the fine Court lady, the bully, the valet, the broken captain, the coffee-house, the tavern, the gaming table - are they not all in Fielding? 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."