PORTRAITS by Desmond MacCarthy


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A roll-call of men and books wanders from Asquith to Isaak Walton as the English critic remembers and reflects upon the people, their times and their works. Some he has met, others seen or heard or known, all he has studied in search of the characteristics of genius or talent, of the personality and the humanity of the individual and his measured and modulated judgements are of literary interest. The poetry of Wilfrid Blunt, Clough, Rossetti; the works of Bunyan, the Burtons, Richard and Robert, of Anatole France, Goethe, Horace, Henry James, George Meredith, George Moore, Renan, Ruskin, R. L. Stevenson, Strindberg, Trollope; the measure of Balfour, Disraeli, Gladstone, Sir William Harcourt, Oom Paul and Cecil Rhodes, Herbert Spencer and even of Mr. Patrick Campbell and Tetrazzini are essays that stimulate as well as inform. A critical compendium that assays high in variety, dignity and interest.

Pub Date: Aug. 12th, 1954
Publisher: Oxford