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DICKENS Heroes and Hero-worship
CARLYLE. The Complete Angier
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SHERIDAN. Warren Hastings
MACAULAY. The Angel in the House
COVENTRY PATMORE The Life of Nelson ..
SOUTHEY. A Detence of Poesie
PHILIP SIDNEY. Paradise Regained
JOHN MILTON. A Christmas Carol, and The Chines
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BYRON. Murad the Unlucky
EDEWORTH. My l'en Years' Imprisonment
SILVIO PELLICO. Plays
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BOCCACCIO. Visions of England
JOHNSON Paradise Lost (Vols. i. & ii).
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XENOPHON. Daphnaida, and other Poems..
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M. G. LEWIS. The Legends of St. Patrick
AUBREY DE VERE, Voyages and Travels
MAUNDEVILLE, The Castle of Otranto
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COVENTRY PATMORE, Sorrows of Werter
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RICHARD HAKLUYT. Lies of Addison, Sava e, and swift
SAMUEL JOHN JON. Shakespeare's Plays :-Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth,
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JOHNSON'S “Lives of the Poets" were written to serve as Introductions to a trade edition of the works of poets whom the booksellers selected for republication. Sometimes, therefore, they dealt briefly with men in whom the public at large has long ceased to be interested. Richard Savage would be of this number if Johnson's account of his life had not secured for him lasting remembrance. Johnson's Life of Savage in this volume has not less interest than the Lives of Addison and Swift, between which it is set, although Savage himself has no right at all to be remembered in such company. Johnson published this piece of biography when his age was thirty-five; his other lives of poets appeared when that age was about doubled. He was very poor when the Life of Savage was written for Cave. Soon after its publication, we are told, Mr. Harte dined with Cave, and incidentally praised it. Meeting him again soon afterwards Cave said to Mr. Harte, “You made a man very happy t'other day.” “How could that be ? " asked Harte. “Nobody was there but ourselves." Cave answered by reminding him that a plate of victuals was sent behind a screen, which was to Johnson, dressed so shabbily that he did not choose to appear.
Johnson, struggling, found Savage struggling, and was drawn to him by faith in the tale he told. We have seen in our own time how even an Arthur Orton could find sensible and good people to believe the tale with which he sought to enforce claim upon the Tichborne baronetcy. Savage had literary skill, and he could personate the manners of a gentleman in days when there were still gentlemen of fashion who drank, lied, and swaggered into midnight brawls. I have no doubt whatever that