Characteristics Of Literature; Illustrated By The Genius Of Distinguished Men

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byHenry Theodore Tuckerman

not yet rated|write a review
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...is sufficiently indicative of the readiness of the public to become familiar with nobler models of literature. We are under no slight obligations to Charles Lamb, for so pleasantly reviving a favourite form of English composition. We welcome Elia as the Spectator-recfeWws. It is interesting to be amused and instructed after the manner of that delectable coterie of lay-preachers, humorists, and critics, of which Sir Roger de Coverley was so distinguished a member. It is peculiarly agreeable to be talked to in a book, as if the writer addressed himself to us par-ticularly. Next to a long epistle from an entertaining friend, we love, of all things in the world, a charming essay;--a concise array of ideas--aT) ' unique sketch, which furnishes subjects for an hour's reflection, or gives rise to a succession of soothing.' day-dreams. Few books are more truly useful than such as can be relished in the brief intervals of active or social life, which permit immediate appreciation, and, taken up when and where they may be, present topics upon which the attention can at once fix itself, and trains of speculation into which the mind easily glides. To such a work we suppose a celebrated writer alludes, in the phrase " parlour window-seat book." Collections of essays are essentially of this order. We would not be understood, however, as intimating that this kind of literature is i especially unworthy of studious regard;--Bacon's Essays alone would refute such an idea; but from; its conciseness and singleness of aim, the essay may j be enjoyed in a brief period, and when the mind is A unable to attach itself to more elaborate reading.--' HA. volume of essays subserves the purpose of a set of cabinet pictures, or a portfolio of miniature drawings; they are the...

Pricing and Purchase Info

$27.95

On re-order online

From the Publisher

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...is sufficiently indicative of the readiness of the public to become familiar with nobler models of literature. We are u...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217190235

ISBN - 13:9780217190237

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Characteristics Of Literature; Illustrated By The Genius Of Distinguished Men

Reviews