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The Upton Letters
by Arthur Christopher Benson
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1905. Son of the hymnist Edward Benson, A. C. Benson was a well-known poet. He wrote the Coronation Ode for Edward VII's coronation in 1902. Told in epistolary form, The Upton Letters begins: My Dear Herbert,-I have just heard the disheartening news, and I write to say that I am sorry toto corde. I don't yet know the full extent of the calamity, the length of your exile, the place, or the conditions under which you will have to live. Perhaps you or Nelly can find time to let me have a few lines about it all? But I suppose there is a good side to it. I imagine that when the place is once fixed, you will be able to live a much freer life than you have of late been obliged to live in England, with less risk and less overshadowing of anxiety. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
I feel, on closing the book, a great admiration for the man, mingled with infinite pity for the miseries which his own temperament inflicted on him; it gives me, too, a high intellectual stimulus; it makes me realise the nobility and the beauty of knowledge, the greatness of the intellectual life. One may regret that in Pattison's case this was not mingled with more practical power, more sympathy, more desire to help rather than to pursue.
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