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[newspaper clipping]
  Self-Made Men.  By Charles C. B. Seymour.
(New York, Harper & Brothers; London, Low &
Co.) More than sixty short biographies are here,
the largest number of subjects taken from that coun-
try of self-made men, America: though the English
are also reminded of the origin and early struggles
of their Arkwright, Brindley, Stephenson.  The
writing, generally, is not good: the theme being
one which calls for nerve, temperance and simpli-
city of style. Feathers, laces and ruffles are the
fit decorations of a Madame du Chatelet, a Horace
Walpole.   Self-made men  show best, we think, in
the dignity of plain apparel, which, though plain,
need not therefore be Quakerish also.  But some
of the pages are marked with errors graver than
those of florid epithet.  We could specify offences
against propriety, when the living are spoken of,
the increasing frequency of which as means of
making a book saleable, does not deaden our aver-
sion to the practice.  The gratification of curiosity
about men of distinction by a thoughtless raking-
up of the scandals and sorrows of their lives, tells
badly on the reader badly on the writer.  This
 Self-made Men  offends less than many of its pre-
decessors in this respect, but offence exists
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page two hundred and twenty
Description:Newspaper clipping of a review of the book ''Self-Made Men'' by Charles C. B. Seymour.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Seymour, Charles (Bailey)
Scan Date:2011-01-31


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.