"LIFE OF CARLYLE."
The first portion of Mr. FROUDE's "Life of Carlyle" will, it is
announced, be issued in short time. Although the interest of any biography of the
great author must of necissity be impaired by the publication of his
"Reminiscenses," there is still much to be said about Thomas CARLYLE which the world
would like to hear, and there is nobody who can say it so well as Mr. FROUDE.
But it is to be hoped that the weak nerves of the gentle critics of Cockneydom
will be braced up before the issue of the two volumes now promised to us; or
otherwise we may again have an exhibition as discreditable to the
intelligence and common sense of literary London as was that which we witnessed last
Most of the persons who then joined in a ridiculous outcry against Mr.
FROUDE for having published and Mr. CARLYLE for having written that marvellous
record of a wonderful life, in which both the greatness and littleness of
the character of the writer were depicted with photographic accuracy, must now
feel heartily ashamed of themselves. It is too much to hope that they will
show rather more of the critical faculty and rather less of hysterical
sentimentalism when they are next called upon to deal with some chapters in the
biography of Mr. CARLYLE?