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Excerpt from Anecdote Biographies of Thackeray and DickensIf we could analyze carefully the various elements contained in a good biography, and decide which interested us most in the reading, and which we remembered longest after the reading, IMoreExcerpt from Anecdote Biographies of Thackeray and DickensIf we could analyze carefully the various elements contained in a good biography, and decide which interested us most in the reading, and which we remembered longest after the reading, I think we would discover that it was the element of Anecdote. The chief facts in a biography - the general drift of the life of its subject - may impress themselves upon the memory for a time, but that which remains permanently, and which refuses to be forgotten, is something different from these, -some incident or incidents in the life in question - a smart saying, a humorous jest, a rapier thrust of wit, - it may be anything that is salient. We remember somewhat, perhaps, of the life of Lamb, for example: how he went to Christs Hospital with Coleridge- how he was a clerk in the India House- how he wrote Elia, and so on- what we certainly remember, if we have any feeling, is his going across the fields with his sister Mary to the mad-house, in which it was necessary that she should be confined, and weeping with her, as he went- what we can never forget, if we have any sense of humor, are his humorous sayings.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.