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Art. I. Considérations sur les Principaux Evénémens de la Rém
volution Françoise. Ouvrage Posthume de Mad. la Baronne de Staël. Publié par M. LE DUC DE BROGLIE et M. LE BARON A. DE STAEL. En Trois Tomes. 8vo. pp. 1285. Lon
dres, 1818. NO BOOK can possibly possess a higher interest than this which
' is now before us. It is the last, dying bequest of the most brilliant writer that has appeared in our days ;--and it treats of a period of history which we already know to be the most important that has occurred for centuries; and which those who look back on it, after other centuries have elapsed, will probably consider as still more important.
We cannot stop now to suy all that we think of Madame de Staël :-and yet we must say, that we think her the most powerful writer that her country has produced since the time of Voltaire and Rousseau—and the greatest writer, of a woman, that any time or any country has produced. Her taste, perhaps, is not quite pure; and her style is too irregular and ambitious. These faults may even go deeper. Her passion for effect, and the tone of exaggeration which it naturally produces, have probably interfered occasionally with the soundness of her judgment, and given a suspicious colouring to some of her representations of fact. At all events, they have rendered her impatient of the humbler task of completing her explanatory details, or stating in their order all the premises of her reasonings. She gives her history in abstracts, and her theories in aphorisms :-and the greater part of her works, instead of presenting that systematic unity from which the highest degrees of strength and beauty and clearness must ever be derived, may be fairly described as a
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