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THE LITERATURE OF SOCIETY.

BY

GRACE WHARTON,
ONE OF THE AUTHORS OF "THE QUEENS OF SOCIETY,” AND “THE WITS

AND BEAUX OF SOCIETY.”

CMiti, an Introductory Chapter on the Origin of Fiction.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
TINSLEY BROTHERS, 18 CATHERINE STREET,

STRAND.

1862.
[The right of Translation is reserved.]

200 a lot.
210. k. 359.

LONDON: PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.

PREFACE.

In two former publications— The Queens of Society, and • The Wits and Beaux of Society'—the literati of past days have been exhibited as members of social life, only; little has been said of their works, except as being connected with their career, or as illustrating their characters. They have been before the public in their full dress : all ingress to their library has been closed—all criticisms of their productions scrupulously avoided.

For it was deemed too arduous both to author and reader to wade through catalogues of books, whilst the far more exciting pages in which human destinies are unfolded lay before them. So the hero, or the heroine, of the works referred to was portrayed apart from his or her literary offspring, and like other parents, sometimes, were pleasanter company apart from their sometimes cumbersome children.

In the 'Literature of Society,' some acquaintance with books as well as with their writers, is attempted. But it is

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