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Excerpt from The Admirable Crichton In an early volume of Fraser's Magazine there is a portrait of Harrison Ainsworth at the time when he was writing his romance - The Admirable Crichton. It sketches him in outline after the piquant manner of that monthly - a handsome young buck seated very much at his ease on the end of a table. The accompanying squib or article is written by "Oliver Yorke." "You see," says he, "what a pretty fellow the young novelist of the season is... We may without swagger apply to Ainsworth what Theodore Hook has sung of D'Orsay: ... gallant and gay, With the chest of Apollo, the waist of a gnat, The delight of the ball, the assembly, the play." It was the success of Rookwood which had brought the young romancer into the London limelight. Dick Turpin's Ride to York, with Cruikshank's drawing of Black Bess in the act of leaping donkey and donkey-cart at Edmonton, was the choice morsel in the story, which won the readers of that day. In the succeeding saga of the invincible Scot, who was descended from the Crichtons of Sanquhar, and the Royal Stewarts, Ainsworth has to add learned disputations to physical combats in realising his hero. The scene is shifted from Dick Turpin's England to the France of Henri de Valois and the lengthening sixteenth-century stage. He draws freely on the extravagant life of Crichton which is found in the history entitled a Jewel ... serving to frontal a Vindication of the Honour of Scotland, by Sir Thomas Urquhart, translator of Rabelais. Ainsworth takes his own "high-falutin"" note from its magnification of "James Crichtoun ... who for his learning, judgement, valour, eloquence, beauty and good fellowship was the perfectest result of the joynt labour of the perfect number of those six deities, Pallas, Apollo, Mars, Mercury, Venus and Bacchus." Urquhart outdoes himself in describing the tragic close at Mantua of Crichton's amazing career. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and

 
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March 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The Admirable Crichton
Author(s): William Harrison Ainsworth
ISBN: 1-4978-5305-2 / 978-1-4978-5305-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
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February 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: The Admirable Crichton (LARGE PRINT EDITION)
Author(s): William Harrison Ainsworth
ISBN: 1-169-92043-8 / 978-1-169-92043-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: The Admirable Crichton
Author(s): William Harrison Ainsworth
ISBN: 1-163-43366-7 / 978-1-163-43366-9 (USA edition)
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July 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Admirable Crichton
Author(s): William Harrison Ainsworth
ISBN: 0-548-12656-9 / 978-0-548-12656-1 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The Admirable Crichton (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): William Harrison Ainsworth
ISBN: 1-332-32546-7 / 978-1-332-32546-7 (UK edition)
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March 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Admirable Crichton
Author(s): William Harrison Ainsworth
ISBN: 1-4980-7404-9 / 978-1-4980-7404-9 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Admirable Crichton
Author(s): William Harrison Ainsworth
ISBN: 1-162-97091-X / 978-1-162-97091-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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July 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Admirable Crichton
Author(s): William Harrison Ainsworth
ISBN: 1-4286-3647-1 / 978-1-4286-3647-7 (USA edition)
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