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Excerpt from The Variorum and Definitive Edition of the Poetical and Prose Writings of Edward Fitzgerald, Vol. 1: Including a Complete Bibliography and Interesting Personal and Literary NotesThat fashionable vogue for the writings of FitzGeraldMoreExcerpt from The Variorum and Definitive Edition of the Poetical and Prose Writings of Edward Fitzgerald, Vol. 1: Including a Complete Bibliography and Interesting Personal and Literary NotesThat fashionable vogue for the writings of FitzGerald which has been a prominent feature of taste during the last ten years, would have seemed a portentous thing to the sage poet of Woodbridge had he survived to endure it. It is quite certain - and any praise now given to him is bound at the start to face this awkward fact - it is quite certain that he would have objected to it vehemently. In all the editions and apparatus, in all the clubs and eulogies, in all the wreaths and odours and panegyrics, which now surround his name, he would have seen nothing but midsummer madness. He would have suspected bad faith, the gravity of the practical jester- the least prevision of what was coming would have made him hide, like a famous Irish hero, in the shadow of his cabbages. It is necessary, I think, to-day, when the thick and pungent cloud of incense rises from a hundred altars, to remind ourselves how excessively distasteful it would all have been to the author, how ridiculous he would have conceived that it made him, so that we may regain in the study of him a little of his own chaste moderation, not withholding praise for what is exquisitely done, but recalled to common sense and proportion by the austere and delicate ghost of him who did the work.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.