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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (v. 8)

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Pages: 182

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Edgar Allan Poe

Excerpt from book: whole person and personal demeanor bear about them the traces of "good society." His face is somewhat too full, or rather heavy, in its lower portions. Neither his nose nor his forehead can be defended: the latter would puzzle phrenology. His eyes are a dull bluish gray, and small. His hair is of a rich brown, curling naturally and luxuriantly. His mouth is well cut: the teeth fine: the expression of the smile intellectual and winning. He converses little, well rather than fluently, and in a subdued tone. The portrait of him published about three years ago in "Graham's Magazine," conveys by no means so true an idea of the man as does the sketch (by Lawrence) inserted as frontispiece to a late collection of his poems. WILLIAM M. GILLESPIE Mr. William M. Gillespie aided Mr. Park Benjamin, I believe, some years ago, in the editorial conduct of the " New World," and has been otherwise connected with the periodical press of New York. He is more favorably known, however, as the author of a neat volume entitled " Rome as Seen by a New Yorker," — a good title to a good book. The endeavor to convey Rome only by those impressions which would naturally be made upon an American gives the work a certain air of originality, —the rarest of all qualities in descriptions of the Eternal City. The style is pure and sparkling, although occasionally flippant and dilettantesque. The love of remark is much in the usual way — selon Its regies — never very exceptionable, and never very profound. Mr. Gillespie is not unaccomplished, converses readily on many topics, has some knowledge of Italian, French, and, I believe, of the classical tongues, with such proficiency in the mathematics as has obtained for him a professorship of civil engineering at Union College, Schenectady. In character he ha...  

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