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LITERARY LANDMARKS OF THE “INGOLDSBY LEGENDS”

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“ Izvaowsey ” has always been of that comparatively small number of authors who command a personal interest and afiction. Reading the “ LEGENDS ” you cannot thoose but see that when he sat down, often at the midnight hour, to dash of the fun and frolic that came so readily to his mind, it was a part of himself that appeared upon the page. He did not and could not, when he wrote for publication under a pseudonym, be other than himself, and did not self-consciously draw a ,veil of style around him and speak, a cloahed figure lashing ordinary human attributes, or as other than a man of the world. He claimed no sacerdotal privileges, and we know, from the published “ Life and Letters” by his son, that he was in his life and intimacies, as the Reverend R. H. Barham, the same genial wit and humorist he appeared as “ Tom 12;.

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