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Seven Men [Excerpts]
When a book about the literature of the eighteen-nineties was given by Mr. Holbrook Jackson to the world, I looked eagerly in the index for SOAMES, ENOCH. I had feared he would not be there. He was not there. But everybody else was. Many writers whom I had quite forgotten, or remembered but faintly, lived again for me, they and their work, in Mr. Holbrook Jacksons pages. The book was as thorough as it was brilliantly written. And thus the omission found by me was an all the deadlier record of poor Soames failure to impress himself on his decade. I daresay I am the only person who noticed the omission. Soames had failed so piteously as all that! Nor is there a counterpoise in the thought that if he had had some measure of success he might have passed, like those others, out of my mind, to return only at the historians beck. It is true that had his gifts, such as they were, been acknowledged in his life-time, he would never have made the bargain I saw him makethat strange bargain whose results have kept him always in the foreground of my memory. But it is from those very results that the full piteousness of him glares out. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 1306
Author: Beerbohm, Max
Release Date: May 1, 1998
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