Literary essays Volume 1

Paperback | May 5, 2014

byJames Russell Lowell

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... LIBRARY OF OLD AUTHORS1 1858-1864 Many of our older readers can remember the anticipation with which they looked for each successive volume of the late Dr. Young's excellent series of old English prose-writers, and the delight with which they carried it home, fresh from the press and the bindery in its appropriate livery of evergreen. To most of us it was our first introduction to the highest society of letters, and we still feel grateful to the departed scholar who gave us to share the conversation of such men as Latimer, More, Sidney, Taylor, Browne, Fuller, and Walton. What a sense of security in an old book which Time has criticised for us! What a precious feeling of seclusion in having a double wall of centuries between us and the heats and clamors of contemporary literature! How limpid seems the thought, how pure the old wine of scholarship that has been settling for so many generations in those silent crypts and Falernian amphorce of the Past! No other writers speak to us with the authority of those whose ordinary speech was that of our translation of the Scriptures; to no modern is that frank unconsciousness possible which was natural 1 London: John Russell Smith. 1856-64 to a period when yet reviews were not; and no later style breathes that country charm characteristic of days ere the metropolis had drawn all literary activity to itself, and the trampling feet of the multitude had banished the lark and the daisy from the fresh privacies of language. Truly, as compared with the present, these old voices seem to come from the morning fields and not the paved thoroughfares of thought. Even the " Retrospective Review" continues to be good reading, in virtue of the antique aroma (for wine only acquires its bouquet by age) which...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... LIBRARY OF OLD AUTHORS1 1858-1864 Many of our older readers can remember the anticipation with which they look...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:May 5, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217137407

ISBN - 13:9780217137409

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