Francis Bacon: An Account of His Life and Works

Francis Bacon: An Account of His Life and Works

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Francis Bacon: An Account of His Life and Works

Francis Bacon: An Account of His Life and Works

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One advantage of the delay of the present work has been that its revision and rewriting have been facilitated by biographies of Bacon written during the last few years by Professor Fowler (1881), by Dean Church (1884), and by Professor S. R. Gardiner in the Dictionary of National Biography (1885), to the last of which I am more especially indebted.

Professor Fowler (as also Mr. Aldis Wright in the biography prefixed to his edition of the Advancement of Learning, 1875) closely follows Mr. Spedding in his views of Bacon's character. Dean Church has been led to conclusions very similar to those which I endeavoured--very roughly and imperfectly--to express in my edition of the essays (1878), and to which I still, in the main, adhere. Professor Gardiner has viewed Bacon in a new light. He has called attention to the political aspect of Bacon's career. He has laid stress upon the grandeur of the work that Bacon might have achieved as a Statesman, if only he could have had his own way; and has herein found some extenuation, not only for his desertion from . . .

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