By Ann Thwaite
Most folk have heard of "Little Lord Fauntlero"y, and of "The mystery Garden." but few humans discover that an analogous girl wrote either books, 25 years aside, and was once thought of, besides Henry James, one of many top writers in the US at the power of the grownup novels which made her identify within the 1870s and Eighties. Frances Hodgson Burnett's favorite topic in fiction was once the reversal of fortune, and she or he herself knew extremes of poverty and wealth. Born in Manchester in 1849, she emigrated along with her family members to Tennessee on the shut of the Civil struggle. at the floor, her existence was once super profitable. She performed the jobs of well-known author and Fairy Godmother with enthusiasm, yet happiness eluded her. She was once consistently expecting the celebration, however it went on in different rooms.
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Blair^s Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, has endeavoured to present the work to the public, in a style which he thinks will meet with entire approbation. The plates irom which it is printed, were originally cast for Mr. George F. Hopkins, from a late London copy, and were, in general, found to be very correct; a few errors were, however, on critical examination, detected; but these having been carefully removed, the Editor has now no hesitation in saying, that this is as perfect an edition of the work, as any previously issued from the press, either in this country or in Great Britain.
Disgraced oratory, and debased it below its true standard. The graces of composition have been employed to disguise or to supply the want of matter; and the temporary applause of the ignorant has been courted, instead of the lasting approbation of the discerning. But such imposture can never maintain its ground long. Knowledge and science must furnish the material 5 that form the body and substance of any valuable composition. Rhetoric serves to add the polish; and we know that none but firm and solid bodies can be polished well.
I by no means pretend to say that mere rhetorical rules, how just soever, are sufficient to form an orator. Supposing natural genius to be favourable, more by a great deal will depend upon private application and study, than upon any system of instruction that is capable of heing publicly communicated. But at the same time, though rules and instructions cannot do all that is requisite, they may, however, do much that is of real use. They cannot, it is true, inspire genius; but they can direct and assist it.
Beyond the Secret Garden: The Life of Frances Hodgson Burnett by Ann Thwaite