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Michael Scott


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Michael Scott : Tom Cringle's Log

'climbing to the top of a bookcase, [he] brought down a thick volume and presented it to me. "You'll find all about the Antilles there", he said, and left me with "Tom Cringle's Log" in my possession. [explains mother's attitude to fiction and why he'd never read any till now] So little did I understand what was allowable in the way of literary invention that I had began the story without a doubt that it was true, and I think it was my Father himself who, in answer to an inquiry, explained to me that it was "all made up". He advised me to read the descriptions of the sea, and of the mountains of Jamaica, and "skip" the pages which gave imaginary adventures and conversations. But I did not take his counsel; these latter were the flower of the book to me.' [more account on pp.143-4]

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Edmund Gosse      Print: Book


Michael Scott : Tom Cringle's Log

Elizabeth Barrett to Mary Russell Mitford, ?late July 1843: 'As you praise Charles O'Malley so much, I really must try to get thro' the thorns & read him. I tried only once certainly -- & then my own humour might have been partly in fault. My conclusion then was, that I cdnt read him [...] His noise made my head ache, & his loud laughing made me grave [...] I tried the Log & cdnt quite get thro' it. I shrink too from these maritime books now, for other reasons.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Unknown


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