ISBN 10: 1-347-54956-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-347-54956-8
Excerpt from Reminiscences and Reflexions of a Mid and Late Victorian
The following chapters were written at intervals during the year 1916. They were taken in hand on the suggestion of two well-known London publishers, who assured me that autobiographical notes, reminiscences, and reﬂexions were, barring fiction and travels, the form of literature in which the British public showed most interest at the present time.
One's natural modesty, assuming one to be a mentally fairly well-conducted person, makes one more or less diffident in writing about oneself. Whether I answer to the above description or not, certain it is that in penning these pages I have felt a shyness in recording personal facts, which has led me to damp down the personal note as a general rule throughout the book - some friendly critics, to whom I have shown a portion of the manuscript, say too much so.
Be this as it may, the aim I have kept before me in writing these somewhat disjointed notes and reminiscences has been rather to offer data and suggestions, slight and scattered though they may be, for the due appreciation, now or hereafter, of the particular period of historic time in which my life has been cast - to wit, roughly speaking, the last third of the nineteenth and the opening years of the twentieth century.
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