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Cleo The Magnificent

Or, the Muse of the Real

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Author: Louis Zangwill (Z.Z.)
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 80,438 / 233 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.4
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,350
Added to site: 2009.06.24 24525

Cleo is a beautiful woman, who has long been themistress of a celebrated English novelist. A youngpoet that he has befriended falls in love with Cleo andmarries her. She ruins him socially and financially,goes upon the stage, makes a disgraceful failure, andfinally returns to her old lover.

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it I couldn't make head or tail of the bulk of the stuff--I'm satisfied myself to write what plain folk can understand. To put the matter bluntly, you send work to market that most people would look on as the ravings of a lunatic. Now, my advice is--cut poetry. There is plenty in the world for you to live for. Go and travel awhile. See men and cities, sculpture and paintings. Study humanity instead of merely thinking about it. Sail over the wide seas; breathe in the good air; be true to your youth and fall in love right bravely. You are rich--all this is in your power. I am sure your father will be pleased."

Morgan was touched by the other's enthusiasm.

"I have always misunderstood you," he cried, remorsefully; "you are not the mere gross tradesman you boast of being."

"Really, you embarrass me. Anyway, I hope that, now your opinion of me has gone up, my advice will bear fruit. After which I shall not mind confessing that that last nice bit is a quotation from my first novel. I could have



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