with his sonnet called “Life and light,” or by one saying, like Fletcher
of Saltoun with his “I care not who makes the laws of a people, so I can make its ballads,” than to achieve such evanescent splendors as this?
It is not more than sixty years since Maria Edgeworth
in English and American popularity, and Scott
's publisher, James Ballantyne
, says that he could most gratify the author of Waverley
when he could say: “Positively this is equal to Miss Edgeworth
Fifty years ago Frederika Bremer
's works were in English
--speaking countries the object of such enthusiasm that publishers quarrelled for the right to reproduce them in English
, and old friendships were sundered by the competition to translate them.
At that time all young men who wished for a brilliant social career still took for their models either Pelham
or Vivian Grey,;
and I remember that a man of fine intellect, who had worked in a factory till he was eighteen, once told me that he had met with no intellectual influence to be compared with that exerted upon him by Bulwer
The historical tales of G. P. R. James
were watched for by thousands of eager readers, and his solitary horseman rode through the opening page among the plaudits of a