Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence, Vol. 1

That subject then is the delineation of human character. Not so much by a minute and metaphysical investigation of its qualities, as by a description of the incidents which de velop and display it: its study, in this manner, has at all times been the most favourite pursuit of those who find plea sure in literature, and it has conferred the highest crown on the authors who have been most successful in attempting it. It is the foundation of all romantic fiction, of dramatic com position, and of the highest efl'orts of poetic genius. In each of these, the lively, vivid, and powerful delineation of indi vidual actions, and through them of individual character, constitutes the principal charm. It is this talent which has placed Homer above all other writers, since he has been able to give entire reality to actions, many of which are most probably solely the fruits of his own imagination and inven tion, aided by a long and careful observation of the world around him.

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