Essays on Great Writers

Paperback | January 16, 2012

byHenry Dwight Sedgwick

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... D'ANNUNZIO, NOVELIST "' Tom Jones' and Gray's 'Elegy in a Country Churchyard' are both excellent, and much spoke of by both sex, particularly by the men." This statement by Marjorie Fleming has abundant confirmation in the history of English literature for the last hundred and fifty years. And although this nineteenth century of ours has enjoyed throwing a great many stones at the eighteenth, we must acknowledge that we cannot find in English literature another novel and another poem that, taken together, give us a fuller knowledge of English-speaking men. There are times, in the twilights of the day, and of the year, in the closing in of life, when we all contemplate death; and the Elegy tells all our thoughts in lines that possess our memories like our mothers' voices. It shows simple folk in sight of death, calm, natural, serious, high-minded. Thomas a Kempis, Cato the younger, the cavaliers of the Light Brigade, may have thought upon death after other fashions, but for most of us the thoughts of our hearts have been portrayed by Gray. "Tom Jones " is the contemplation of life in ordinary Englishmen. In the innocent days before Mr. Hardy and some other writers of distinction " Tom Jones " was reputed coarse,--one of those classics that should find their places on a shelf well out of reach of young arms. The manners of Squire Western and of Tom himself are such as often are best described in the Squire's own language. But who is the man, as Thackeray says, that does not feel freer after he has read the book? Fielding, in his rough and ready way, has described men as they are, made of the dust of the earth, and that not carefully chosen. We no longer read it aloud to our families, as was the custom of our great-grandfathers; but we do not all read Mr. Hardy alo...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... D'ANNUNZIO, NOVELIST "' Tom Jones' and Gray's 'Elegy in a Country Churchyard' are both excellent, and much spoke of by both sex, part...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217205976

ISBN - 13:9780217205979

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