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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
H. R. Keller.  The Reader’s Digest of Books.
Literary Landmarks of London
Laurence Hutton (1843–1904)
Literary Landmarks of London, by Laurence Hutton (1887). The author has not attempted to make of this either a textbook or biographical dictionary. It is a work which appeals to those “who love and are familiar with Pepys and Johnson and Thackeray, and who wish to follow them to their homes and haunts in the metropolis,—not to those who need to be told who they were and what they have done.” The sketches are arranged in alphabetical order, beginning with Addison and ending with Young; and the rank of the poet or writer is not determined by amount of space. For instance, Wordsworth and Herrick have assigned to them but a few lines, for they were not poets of brick and mortar; while whole pages are given to half-forgotten authors of one immortal song, who spent all their days in London. Full indices, local as well as personal, enable the reader to find what appeals to him most in whatever part of the town he may be. He can walk with Johnson and Boswell from the Club in Gerard Street, and call on the way on Dryden, Waller, Lamb, or Evelyn; stop for refreshments at “Will’s” or “Tom’s” with Steele, or, in the church of St. Paul, Covent Garden, pray for the repose of the souls of Butler, Wycherley and “Peter Pindar,” who sleep within its gates. London has no associations more interesting than those connected with its literary men, and nothing of moment connected with their careers in the city has been omitted. It is plainly evident that the author’s chief aim has been completeness and exactness.  1

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