\ˈa͡ɪsək dɪzɹˈe͡ɪli], \ˈaɪsək dɪzɹˈeɪli], \ˈaɪ_s_ə_k d_ɪ_z_ɹ_ˈeɪ_l_i]\
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A notable English literary essayist, compiler, and historian, father of Benjamin; born at Enfield in Middlesex, May 1766; died Jan. 9, 1848. He was of SpanishJew stock, but left the Iewish communion. Rejecting a career of trade, he frequented the British Museum and complied an interesting collection of literary miscellanea or "ana", the "Curiosities of Literature", etc., which he published anonymously in 1791. The author expected little sale, and presented the copyright to the publisher, but bought it back a few years later on its remarkable success; it is still continually republished. A series of like collections followed, with the same success: "Calamities of Authors"; "Quarrels of Authors"; "Miscellanies, or Literary Recollections". He wrote some unsuccessful romances; among them is "Mejnoun and Leila", probably the earliest Oriental romance in the language. His "Commentaries on the Life and Reign of Charles I". marked a distinct advance in the methods of historical research.
By Charles Dudley Warner