Benjamin Disraeli: An Unconventional Biography

Benjamin Disraeli: An Unconventional Biography

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Benjamin Disraeli: An Unconventional Biography

Benjamin Disraeli: An Unconventional Biography

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Disraeli the Man--Disraeli as son, brother, husband, friend--is the theme of this book. It is an informal study of Temperament; in its way, and in his own words, "A Psychological Romance." A record of his public acts--not here attempted, except so far as those acts illustrate his personality--would be nothing short of a History of the reign of Victoria. Our England was, indeed, his chess-board; and I take for granted in the reader, or dispense with it, an acquaintance with the progress and issue of the game, of the detailed moves of his pawns, his knights, his bishops, his Queen even. What I have striven to make evident is the motive that informed the hand--not the hand of an automaton.

Of his multitude of speeches--(hardly one of them all but is redeemed from the dominant dulness of Hansard by some flash of individuality in phrase or thought)-- I cite only those that help to elucidate his human story; and the same may be said of the million words he contributed to our Fiction with a Purpose. With that Purpose I am much concerned; hardly at all with the placing of Disraeli as a Man of Letters. Von Angeli, when he painted the Minister, said he . . .

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