Critical and Historical Essays: Contributed to the Edinburgh Review

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"The essays form provided the perfect foil for Macaulay's wit and erudition, and this collection includes topics as diverse as Milton, Machiavelli and Boswell. The many wonderful essays collected here include many of his famous aphorisms: in his essay on Lord Byron, for example, appears his much-repeated dictum that he knew of 'no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality'."--Angus & Robertson booksellers.

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