Augustine Birrell was a prolific and elegant writer who produced an extensive collection of essays, primarily on English literature. Here, he has collected twenty-four of his essays about distinguished literary figures such as Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Charles Lamb, Thomas Paine, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and James Anthony Froude, among others.
About the Author
Augustine Birrell (1850–1933) was an English politician, barrister, academic, and man of letters. For ten years, he served as the Chief Secretary for Ireland, resigning in the wake of the Easter Rising. He is the author of many books, including Obiter Dicta—his first collection of essays—and Life of Charlotte Brönte.