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Biog Study of A. W. Kinglake - Rev. W. Tcikwell

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A. W. Kinglake - A Biographical and Literary Study
by Rev. W. Tcikwell 

PREFACE



IT is just eleven years since Kinglake passed away, and his life 
has not yet been separately memorialized.  A few years more, and 
the personal side of him would be irrecoverable, though by 
personality, no less than by authorship, he made his contemporary 
mark.  When a tomb has been closed for centuries, the effaced 
lineaments of its tenant can be re-coloured only by the idealizing 
hand of genius, as Scott drew Claverhouse, and Carlyle drew 
Cromwell.  But, to the biographer of the lately dead, men have a 
right to say, as Saul said to the Witch of Endor, "Call up Samuel!"  
In your study of a life so recent as Kinglake's, give us, if you 
choose, some critical synopsis of his monumental writings, some 
salvage from his ephemeral and scattered papers; trace so much of 
his youthful training as shaped the development of his character; 
depict, with wise restraint, his political and public life: but 
also, and above all, re-clothe him "in his habit as he lived," as 
friends and associates knew him; recover his traits of voice and 
manner, his conversational wit or wisdom, epigram or paradox, his 
explosions of sarcasm and his eccentricities of reserve, his words 
of winningness and acts of kindness: and, since one half of his 
life was social, introduce us to the companions who shared his 
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