The Letters of Horace Howard Furness (Volume 1)
by Horace Howard Furness
ISBN 0217121403 (0-217-12140-3)
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Softcover, General Books LLC, 2012
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Book summary: This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1922. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PREFACE The work of editing these volumes was left unfinished by Horace Howard Furness's youngest son. Late in 1913 William Henry Furness, 3rd, had begun to collect his father's letters, and, when the war prevented further progress, he had already selected many desirable for publication. But from 1916 forward he gave unsparingly his time and skill and energy to the cause in the justness of which he had such unwavering faith. At first, volunteering his services to the French War Relief of Philadelphia, he went to France as special agent to facilitate the distribution of supplies to the less accessible military hospitals; later, when this country entered the war, he received a commission as captain in the Medical Corps, and for two years he served in a manner truly worthy of his father and his forebears. Though peace brought with it leisure, his strength, of which he had been too lavish since the summer in France, was no longer equal to the task, and illness came and forbade the completion of this work. Despite a brave resistance through many months of suffering, on August II, 1920, he died. And so it came about that the privilege of editing the letters of Horace Howard Furness descended, in an unhappy and untimely way, from a son to a grandson. The younger hands are far less worthy of the task than those which started it. Certain views on editing collections of letters which Dr. Furness expressed have determined the manner in which his correspondence is here arranged and presented. He was impatient of the ofRciousness of editors who interrupted the course of the letters with critical comment, and he said that" reticence and persistent retreat into the background is the perfection of editorial duty." Hence explanatory paragraphs w...
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