| 2 | public opinion. He was renowned as much for his rare oratorical powers as for his clever and trenchant writings. but above all, he was a man of spotless character, and combined all the excellences of the heart and the head which go to the making cf a truly great man. And these, added to his tall, strongly built and imposing physique, marked him out as a king among men. Death cut him off, however, in the prime of manhood, with the promise of his life but half fulfilled. It is difficult for those who never saw him to form any idea of his personality by a mere perusal of his “Life", though it has been ably written by one who knew him intimately. But the letters appended to his “Life” and the “Selections” from his writings will enable the reader to form a good estimate of the man at first hand. For he possessed the rare gift of inparting to whatever he wrote some of the imperishable radiance of his soul. Newspaper articles generally lose all interest after a first perusal and will not bear republication. But in the writings of Grish Chunder Ghose, there is such an exquisite personal favour apart from literary excellence, such an under-current of humour and kindliness, and such a strange mixture of deep feeling and keen sarcasm, that it is always a pleasure to read them. His mastery of the English language was simply wonderful, and his writings, as justly remarked by a reviewer, “are strikingly modern.” The opinions of the Press and of a few eminent personages on the two volumes published will be found in the annexed pages. Every educated gentleman is invited to add these precious volumes to his library.
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