Beacon Lights of History, Volume 13 eBook

John Lord
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Wonderful labors amid dissipation
The Countess Guiccioli
Two sides to Byron’s character
His power and fertility
Inexcusable immorality; “Don Juan”
“Manfred” and “Cain” not irreligious but dramatic
Byron not atheistical but morbid
Many noble traits and actions
Generosity and fidelity in friendship
Eulogies by Scott and Moore
Byron’s interest in the Greek Revolution
Devotes himself to that cause
Raises L10,000 and embarks for Greece
Collects troops in his own pay
His latest verses
Illness from vexation and exposure
Death and burial
The verdict


Criticism and biography.

Froude’s Biography of Carlyle
Brief resume of Carlyle’s career
Parentage and birth
Slender education; school-teaching
Abandons clerical intentions to become a writer
“Elements of Geometry;” “Life of Schiller;” “Wilhelm Meister”
Marries Jane Welsh
Her character
Edinburgh and Craigenputtock
Essays:  “German Literature”
Goethe’s “Helena”
“Life of Heyne;” “Voltaire”
Wholesome and productive life at Craigenputtock
“Dr. Johnson”
Friendship with Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Sartor Resartus”
Carlyle removes to London
Begins “The French Revolution”
Manuscript accidentally destroyed
Habits of great authors in rewriting
Publication of the work; Carlyle’s literary style
Better reception in America than in England
Carlyle begins lecturing
Popular eloquence in England
Carlyle and the Chartists
“Heroes and Hero Worship”
“Past and Present”
Carlyle becomes bitter
“Latter-Day Pamphlets”
“Life of Oliver Cromwell”
Carlyle’s confounding right with might
Great merits of Carlyle as historian
Death of Mrs. Carlyle
Success of Carlyle established
“Frederick the Great”
Decline of the author’s popularity
Public honors; private sorrow
Final illness and death
Carlyle’s place in literature


Artistic historical writing.

Macaulay’s varied talents
Descent and parentage
Birth and youth
Character; his greatness intellectual rather than moral
College career
Enters the law
His early writings; poetry; essay on Milton
Social success; contemporaries
Enters politics and Parliament
Sent to India; secretary board of education
Essays in the Reviews
Limitations as a statesman
Devotion to literature
Personal characteristics
Return to London and public office
Still writing essays; “Warren Hastings,” “Clive”
Special public appreciation in America
Drops out of Parliament; begins “History of England”
Prodigious labor; extent and exactness of his knowledge
Self-criticism; brilliancy of style

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