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THE

INFIRMITIES OF GENIUS

ILLUSTRATED

BY REFERRING THE ANOMALIES IN

THE LITERARY CHARACTER,

TO THE

HABITS AND CONSTITUTIONAL PECULIARITIES

OF

MEN OF GENIUS.

BY

R. R. MADDEN, ESQ.

AUTHOR OF “ TRAVELS IN TURKEY," &c.

Qui ratione corporis non habent, sed cogunt mortalem immor.
tali, terrestrem ætheræ equalem prestare industriam.

PLUTARCH, DE SANIT. TUEND.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

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PHILADELPHIA:

CAREY, LEA, AND BLANCHARD.

1833.

Rogoh

JOHN BIOREN, PRINTER-PHILADELPHIA.

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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

THE EARL OF CHARLEVILLE,

WHOSE TASTE FOR LITERATURE

AND

ACQUAINTANCE WITH ALL SUBJECTS

CONNECTED WITH THE HISTORY OF THE

VOTARIES AND VICTIMS OF LITERARY PURSUITS,

TIME HAS NOT IMPAIRED,

NOR PLEASURE INTERRUPTED,

THIS ATTEMPT

TO ILLUSTRATE

THE CHARACTER OF MEN OF GENIUS,

IS DEDICATED

BY HIS LORDSHIP'S

MOST RESPECTFUL AND GRATEFUL SERVANT,

THE AUTHOR.

May, 1833.

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THE

INFIRMITIES OF GENIUS.

CHAPTER I.

THE EFFECTS OF LITERARY HABITS.

It is generally admitted that literary men are an irritable race, subject to many infirmities, both of mind and body; that worldly prosperity and domestic happiness are not very often the result of their pursuits.

Eccentricity is the “badge of all their tribe ;?' and so many errors accompany their career, that fame and frailty would almost seem to be inseparable companions. Perhaps it is wisely ordained that such should be the case, to check the pride of human intellect, and to render those of humbler capacities contented with their lot, to whom nature has denied the noblest of her gifts.

It is the unfortunate tendency of literary habits, to enamour the studious of the seclusion of the closet, and to render them more conversant with

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