See also:English historian and traveller, was
See also:born at Taunton on the 5th of
See also:August 5809 . His
See also:father, a successful
See also:solicitor, intended his son for a legal career . Kinglake went to
See also:Eton and Trinity
See also:College, Cambridge, where he matriculated in 1828, being a
See also:con-temporary and friend of
See also:Tennyson and Thackeray . After leaving Cambridge he joined Lincoln's
See also:Inn, and was called to the
See also:bar in 1837 . While still a student he travelled, in 1835, throughout the East, and the impression made upon him by his experiences was so powerful that he was seized with a
See also:desire to record them in literature . Rot/ten, a sensitive and witty record of impressions keenly
See also:felt and remembered, was published in 1844, and enjoyed considerable reputation . In 1854 he went to the
See also:Crimea, and was
See also:present at the
See also:battle of the
See also:Alma . During the
See also:campaign he made the acquaintance of
See also:Lord Raglan, who was so much attracted by his talents that he suggested to Kinglake the plan for an elaborate
See also:History of the
See also:Crimean War, and placed his private papers at the writer's disposal . For the
See also:rest of his
See also:life Kinglake was engaged upon the task of completing this monumental history .
See also:Thirty-two years elapsed between its commencement and the publication of the last
See also:volume, and eight volumes in all appeared at intervals between 1863 and 1887 . Kinglake lived principally in
See also:London, and sat in parliament for
See also:Bridgwater from 1857 until the disfranchisement of the
See also:borough in 1868 . He died on the 2nd of
See also:January 1891 .
See also:work, The History of the Crimean War, is in
See also:scheme and execution too minute and conscientious to be altogether in proportion, but it is a wonderful example of painstaking and talented
See also:industry . It is not without errors of partisanship, but it shows remarkable skill in the moulding of vast masses of despatches and technical details into an absorbingly interesting narrative; it is illumined by natural descriptions and character-sketches of
See also:great fidelity and acumen; and, despite its length, it remains one of the most picturesque, most vivid and most actual pieces of
See also:historical narrative in the English language .
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