The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington - Vol. 1

The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington - Vol. 1

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The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington - Vol. 1

The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington - Vol. 1

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The task of Biography is not comprised only in an attempt to make a word--picture, and likeness of a person that can be identified by its resemblance to the original; to narrate a series of striking passages in the life of an individual, whose career it is intended to illustrate; to record dates of remarkable events, and particulars of important occurrences; to give a faithful account of signal failures and successes; to delineate the features of the individual described, and to make deportment and demeanor, manner of thought, and mode of expression, clearly perceptible to those for whom we write or paint in words. These are essential things to be done, but they are not all that are essential in human life-history, which should be descriptive not only of external appearance and accidental circumstances, but of the interior being, dispositions, and actual peace of mind of those of whom it treats. The great aim to be accomplished is to make the truthful portraiture of the person we describe and present to the public, stand out in a distinct shape and form, distinguishable from all other surrounding objects, an instructive, directive, suggestive, encouraging, or admonitory representation . . .

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