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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 220, ca. 1858 [newspaper clipping]

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Identifier: DX03186600

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 220, ca. 1858 [newspaper clipping]

Description: Newspaper clipping of a review of the book Self-Made Men by Charles C.B. Seymour.

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Self-Made Men. By Charles C. B. Seymour. (New York, Harper & Brothers; London, Low & Co.)—More than sixty short biographies are here, the largest number of subjects taken from that country of self-made men, America: though the English are also reminded of the origin and early struggles of their [Richard] Arkwright, [James] Brindley, [George] Stephenson. The writing, generally, is not good: the theme being one which calls for nerve, temperance and simplicity of style. Feathers, laces and ruffles are the fit decorations of a Madame du Chatelet,—a Horace Walpole. “Self-made men” show best, we think, in the dignity of plain apparel,—which, though plain, need not therefore be Quakerish also. But some of the pages are marked with errors graver than those of florid epithet. We could specify offences against propriety, when the living are spoken of, the increasing frequency of which as means of making a book saleable, does not deaden our aversion to the practice. The gratification of curiosity about men of distinction by a thoughtless raking-up of the scandals and sorrows of their lives, tells badly on the reader—badly on the writer. This ‘Self-made Men’ offends less than many of its predecessors in this respect, but offence exists

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: ca. 1858

Type(s): Clipping, Newspaper
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Subjects: Diaries
Authors
Criticism
Biography

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