The English Mail-Coach & Joan of Arc

The English Mail-Coach & Joan of Arc


Excerpt: that of the broad river, not in its weight or force

perhaps, but in its easy flowing progress, in its serene, unhurried

certainty of its end. To be sure, only too often the waters overflow

their banks and run far afield in alien channels. Yet, when great power

over the instrument of language is joined to so much constructive

skill, the result is narrative art of high quality,--an achievement

that must be in no small measure the solid basis of De Quincey's fame.



1. The Collected Writings of Thomas de Quincey. New and enlarged

edition by David Masson. Edinburgh: A. and C. Black, 1889-1890. [New

York: The Macmillan Co. 14 vols., with footnotes, a preface to each

volume, and index. Reissued in cheaper form. The standard edition.]

2. The Works of Thomas de Quincey. Riverside Edition. Boston:

Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1877. [12 vols., with notes and index.]

3. _Selections from De Quincey._ Edited with an Introduction and

Notes, by M. H. Turk.