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Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

By Paston, George

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Title: Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century  
Author: Paston, George
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: BENJAMIN ROBERT HAYDON. Part 1. If it be true that the most important ingredient in the composition of the self?biographer is a spirit of childlike vanity, with a blend of unconscious egoism, few men have ever been better equipped than Haydon for the production of a successful autobiography. In naive simplicity of temperament he has only been surpassed by Pepys, in fulness of self?revelation by Rousseau, and his Memoirs are not unworthy of a place in the same category as the Diary and the Confessions. From the larger public, the work has hardly attracted the attention it deserves; it is too long, too minute, too heavily weighted with technical details and statements of financial embarrassments, to be widely or permanently popular. But as a human document, and as the portrait of a temperament, its value can hardly be overestimated; while as a tragedy it is none the less tragic because it contains elements of the grotesque. Haydon set out with the laudable intention of writing the exact truth about himself and his career, holding that every man who has suffered for a principle, and who has been unjustly persecuted and oppressed, should write his own history, and set his own case before his countrymen. It is a fortunate accident for his readers that he should have been gifted with the faculty of picturesque expression and an exceptionally keen power of observation. If not a scholar, he was a man of wide reading, of deep though desultory thinking, and a good critic where the work of others was concerned. He seems to have desired to conceal nothing, nor to set down aught in malice; if he fell into mistakes and misrepresentations, these were the result of unconscious prejudice, and the exaggerative tendency of a brain that, if not actually warped, trembled on the border?line of sanity. He hoped that his mistakes would be a warning to others, his successes a stimulus, and that the faithful record of his struggles and aspirations would clear his memory from the aspersions that his enemies had cast upon it.

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Table of Contents: Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century, 1 -- George Paston, 1 -- Preface, 2 -- BENJAMIN ROBERT HAYDON, 2 -- PART I, 2 -- PART II, 14 -- PART III, 23 -- LADY MORGAN (SYDNEY OWENSON), 34 -- PART I, 35 -- PART II, 47 -- NATHANIEL PARKER WILLIS, 57 -- PART I, 57 -- PART II, 67 -- LADY HESTER STANHOPE, 77 -- PART I, 77 -- PART II, 85 -- PRINCE PUeCKLER?MUSKAU IN ENGLAND, 98 -- PART I, 98 -- PART II, 107 -- WILLIAM AND MARY HOWITT, 113 -- PART I, 113 -- PART II, 122


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