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Records of Later Life

by Frances Anne Kemble

"It is too unique and rich in the various, not to say contrarious, phases of genius to be dispatched in a word.... Both the letters and the later notes are immensely entertaining. They sparkle with bright things and bristle with points, and whether she has to describe men or things, a landscape or affairs, or to write with graphic force, in comic strain, or with brilliant point, her pen never fails. It is easy to believe that all the bright spirits of contemporary time are to be met in these pages, from all professions and all stations in life."--The Independent.

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