Four Studies of the Eighteenth Century. Biography of James Boswell; Edward Gibbon; Laurence Sterne; John Wilkes.
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THE PROFANE VIRTUESFour Studies of theEighteenth Century
THE VIKING PRESS1945
COPYRIGHT 1945 BY PETER QUENNELL
PUBLISHED BY THE VIKING PRESS IN JUNE 1945PUBLISHED ON THE SAME DAY IN THE DOMINION OF CANADA BY
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY OF CANADA LIMITED
Published in England under the
BY THE VAIL-BALLOU PRESS
To ANN O'NEILL
owe a special debt to
books consulted during the preparation of these porthe eighteen volumes of the Private
Papers of James Boswell from Malahide Castle, edited by thelate Geoffrey Scott
Pottle of Yale,
York more than a decade ago; the Letters of edited by C. B. Tinker; G. M. Young s excellent James Boswell,printed inshort life of Gibbon; Gibbon's Journal, edited by D.
by R. E. Prothero; W. L. Cross's admirable biography, The Life and Times of Laurence Sterne; and two recent studies of Wilkes, That Devil Wilkes by Ray-
his Private Letters, edited
Life of John Wilkes by O. A. Sherrard.
wish also to express my gratitude to Mr. Cyril Connolly for permission to reprint certain passages that have appeared under hiseditorship in the pages of Horizon; to Mr. Leslie Hore-Belisha, who has allowed me to photograph a bust of Laurence Sterne
in his collection; and to Sirpatience, has helped
Edward Marsh, who, with exemplary
correct the proofs.P. Q.
EDWARD GIBBONLAURENCE STERNE
JAMES BOSWELL IN
After a drawing by George
"THE TIMES"Acaricature of
1762 by William Hogarth
Engraving by Arthur Smith, from a portrait by James Barry
JAMES BOSWELLFrom asketch by Sir
EDWARD GIBBONFroma painting by Sir Jodiua Reynolds
LAURENCE STERNEAbust by Joseph Nollekens, from the collection of theHore-Belisha, M.P.Rt.
by William Hogarth
JOHN WILKES IN
Engraving by William Hogarth
JAMES BOSWELL INAfter a drawing by George
JAMES BOS WELL
1763 the war of colonial aggrandisement, waged betweei and England since 1756, jolted to an abrupt anc
(many Englishmen considered) a somewhat ignominious close England had conquered widely and plundered largely. After th