Beacon Lights of History, Volume 13 eBook

John Lord
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 368 pages of information about Beacon Lights of History, Volume 13.


Socialism and education.

Jean Jacques Rousseau and Edmund Burke
Rousseau representative of his century
Education and early career; engraver, footman
Secretary, music teacher, and writer
Meets Therese
His first public essay in literature
Operetta and second essay
Geneva; the Hermitage; Madame d’Epinay. 
The “Nouvelle Heloise;” Comtesse d’Houdetot
“Emile;” “The Social Contract”
Books publicly burned; author flees
England; Hume; the “Confessions”
Death, career reviewed
Character of Rousseau
Essay on the Arts and Sciences
“Origin of Human Inequalities”
“The Social Contract”
The “New Heloise”
The “Confessions”
Influence of Rousseau


The modern novel.

Scott and Byron
Evanescence of literary fame
Parentage of Scott
Birth and childhood
Schooling and reading
Becomes an advocate
His friends and pleasures
Personal peculiarities
Writing of poetry; first publication
Marriage and settlement
“Scottish Minstrelsy”
“Lay of the Last Minstrel;” Ashestiel rented
The Edinburgh Review:  Jeffrey, Brougham, Smith
The Ballantynes
Jeffrey as a critic
Quarrels of author and publishers; Quarterly Review
Scott’s poetry
Duration of poetic fame
Clerk of Sessions; Abbotsford bought
“Lord of the Isles;” “Rokeby”
Fiction; fame of great authors
“Guy Mannering”
Great popularity of Scott
“The Antiquary”
“Old Mortality;” comparisons
“Rob Roy”
Scotland’s debt to Scott
Prosperity; rank; correspondence
Personal habits
Life at Abbotsford
Chosen friends
Works issued in 1820-1825
Bankruptcy through failure of his publishers
Scott’s noble character and action
Works issued in 1825-1831
Illness and death
Payment of his enormous debt
Vast pecuniary returns from his works


Poetic genius.

Difficulty of depicting Byron
Descent; birth; lameness
Schooling; early reading habits
College life
Temperament and character
First publication of poems
Savage criticism by Edinburgh Review
“English Bards and Scotch Reviewers”
Byron becomes a peer
Loneliness and melancholy; determines to travel
Portugal; Spain
Malta; Greece; Turkey
Profanity of language in Byron’s time
“Childe Harold”
Instant fame and popularity
Consideration of the poem
Marries Miss Milbanke; separation
Genius and marriage
“The Corsair;” “Bride of Abydos”
Evil reputation; loss of public favor
Byron leaves England forever
Switzerland; the Shelleys; new poems
Degrading life in Venice

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