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Thackeray in the United States, 1852-3, 1855-6, Vol. 1

Excerpt from Thackeray in the United States, 1852-3, 1855-6, Vol. 1 A highly cultured writer, endowed with all the requisites of his calling, a wit reminiscent of Horace, a philosophy as practical as that of Montaigne, but expressed in language which is as polished and scholarlike in prose as Pope's was in verse, and revealing a knowledge of human nature so wide and comprehensive in its range that it seems unrivalled in the annals of fiction - such was the man who passed away, only too soon, some forty years ago, in the person of William Makepeace Thackeray. Its great authors are the glory of a nation. A man in whom true genius is developed and made practical b a mighty power. When such a man consecrates his rare gifts to good and useful ends, when he gives himself to the work of contributing to the elevation, refinement, and happiness of his fellows, and through a course of years reaches them with fresh and stimulating thoughts, making them half forget their cares and sorrows, and moving them to love what is purest, and to aspire to what is highest and most worthy, he deserves to be regarded as a benefactor of the world. His influence reaches far beyond the limits in which it is distinctly recognized: and like fragrant odors that fill all the air, it refreshes thousands and makes their lives richer and they could otherwise have been. No people, therefore, are true to themselves who do not reverently cherish and honor the names of those who have entertained and instructed them: who do not sacredly guard their reputations and endeavor to perpetuate their power. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at 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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