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(without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN. (1751--1816.) The phenomenal
succession of talent in the Sheridan family, extending over two
hundred and fifty years and through at least six generations,
should furnish supporters of the theories that have been advanced
in favor of the law of heredity with at least one strong argument.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, the greatest scion of this
extraordinarily talented family, was the son of Thomas Sheridan, an
actor, elocutionist, and lexicographer. His father, the grandfather
of our subject, was a noted wit, a classical scholar, and an
intimate friend of Dean Swift. Of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's three
granddaughters, one became the Duchess of Somerset, another the
Countess of Dufferin, and the third the Hon. Mrs. Norton. And then,
in the direct line, came Lord Dufferin, the brilliant author and
distinguished diplomatist. Richard Brinsley Sheridan was born in
Dublin in 1751. At school he earned for himself the character of a
dunce, and when later he was sent to Harrow he manifested a greater
capacity for school boy pranks than for the acquisition of
knowledge. When he was eighteen his father removed him from Harrow,
and the boy's education was finished under his care. At that time,
the city of Bath, in the West of England, was at the height of its
fame as a resort of the beau monde, and when the Sheridan family
removed to that city the young man was not long in acquiring that
intimate knowledge of the many-sidedness of human nature which
stood him in such good stead in the writing of the plays which made
him famous. Bath was also the scene of his courtship, probably one
of the most romantic recorded outside of fiction. The lady was a
daughter of Mr. Linley, a celebrated composer, and was herself a
vocalist of the first order and possessed...
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