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Mr Andrew Lang as a Literary Writer.

(Chicago "News.")

Andrew Lang is unquestionably the foremost literary power in London at the present time. Among his associates he is simply revered .as a being of superhuman genius. In person he is tall, spare, dark, with a noble forehead, dark, furtive eyes, and an ample lower jaw. He is as nervous as a cat, and he gives the impression of being in delicate health. He has the Oxford drawl, and a very nervous laugh. His hair is thick and beautifully frosted —AustinDobson has called it " brindled." Lang's home is most attractive ; the best people are to be met there, and the Langs are charming entertainers. The house .is full of beautiful things. Lang's library overflows with the curious, the rare, and the lovely ; but Lang is careless in his treatment of his books ; treasures are piled into cases and shelves in double rows, and the utmost diligence seems to have been observed in avoiding, anything like a display of the rarities in. which the large collection abounds.

Mr Lang writes leaders for the "Daily News "; yet he goes and comes as he pleases, and his duties as a journalist, are nofc suffered to interfere with his other literary work, lectures, etc. A share of his time is spent in Edinbugh. It is said that when he reports at the " Daily News " office he asks if any particular topic requires treatment at his hands ; he is so thoronghly informed and so facile that, assigned a theme for editorial treatmtnt, he will sit clown in all the noise and confusion of the editorfal room and reel off a delightful essay, full of learning, of wit, of allusion and of quotation : this, too, without referring to any book from which it may be desirable to take extracts, or to which it may be desirable to turn. In fiicfc, Lang is looked upon by his jour- 1 nalistic associates as a cyclopedia of learning, a fountain of wit,-and a master of all that is charming. , . . - J

Tn answer to the suggestion that he ought to visit America and make the acquaintance of the thousands, who read him and admire him there, Mr Lang said : —" Rider Haggard and I have been'talking about going to the States on a" joint lecturing tour. At one time we had it all made up that I was to lecture upon the subject of 'Book Hunting' and that Haggard was to follow with a lecture upon ' Rat Hunting.' "

In a recent letter from Edinburgh, Mr Lang says :—" As to visiting the States, I expect to lay my bones there as a literary hack,"

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Mr Andrew Lang as a Literary Writer., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 9 June 1890

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Mr Andrew Lang as a Literary Writer. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 9 June 1890

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