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ry:n. 13

ALROY.

ROMANCES,

BY

B. DISRAELI, M.P.

AUTHOR OF “CONINGSBY” AND “SYBIL."

Second Edition.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER;

GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1846.

831.

LONDON: XARRISON AND CO., PRINTERS,

ST. MARTIN'S LANE.

NS

PREFACE

TO

CONTARINI FLEMING.

The author proposed to himself, in writing “ The Psychological Romance,” a subject that has ever been held one of the most difficult and refined, and whịch is virgin in the imaginative literature of every country : namely, the development and formation of the poetic character. It has, indeed, been sometimes incidentally treated, and partially illustrated by writers of the highest class, as for instance Gothe in his “ Wilhelm Meister," where are expounded, with so much felicity, the mysteries of predisposition ; and the same illustrious author has, in his capricious memoirs, favoured us with much of his individual experience of self-formation ; in this resembling preceding

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