John Dryden and a British Academy (Classic Reprint) by Oliver Farrar EmersonJohn Dryden and a British Academy (Classic Reprint) by Oliver Farrar Emerson

John Dryden and a British Academy (Classic Reprint)

byOliver Farrar Emerson

Paperback | January 10, 2019

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 66 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Excerpt from John Dryden and a British Academy

I am desirous, if it were possible, that we might all write with the same certainty of words and purity of phrase to which the Italians first arrived, and after them the French; at least that we might advance so far as our tongue is capable of such a standard. We are full of monosyllables, and those clogged with consonants; and our pronunciation is effeminate: all which are enemies to a sounding language. It is true that, to supply our poverty, we have trafficked with our neighbour nations, by which means we abound as much in words as Amsterdam does in religions; but to order them, and make them useful after their admission is the difficulty. A greater progress has been made in this since his majesty's return than perhaps since the conquest to his time. But the better part of the work remains unfinished; and that which has been done already, since it has only been in the practice of some few writers, must be digested into rules and method, before it can be profitable to the general.

About the Publisher

Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at

This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Title:John Dryden and a British Academy (Classic Reprint)Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.05 inPublished:January 10, 2019Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1331019915

ISBN - 13:9781331019916

Look for similar items by category: