Delane of the Times (Classic Reprint)
The aim of this series, Makers of the Nineteenth Century, of which Sir Edward Cook's 'Delane of The Times' is the first volume to appear, is to interpret the age which immediately preceded ours through the lives of those who had the chief influence upon it. It is always difficult to set arbitrary limits to an age, but for practical purposes the period chosen for this series is roughly from the year 1830, when the work of the French Revolution was almost accomplished, till the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. Our ambition is to embrace in the series the lives of all those eminent men and women whose chief work was performed during those seventy years.
If, when the series is completed, the subjects of the different biographies have been well chosen and treated as sympathetically as Sir Edward Cook has treated Delane, I believe the task of the future Carlyle or Macaulay, who undertakes to give a vivid representation of the age, to explain its main tendencies and to describe it as a living corporation, will be lightened. On the other hand, this series will not, perhaps, help a future Buckle, who treats all history as a science of so exact a nature that he is prepared to predict the future from the past.
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