Nugae Litterariae; Or, Brief Essays On Literary, Social, And Other Themes by William Mathews

Nugae Litterariae; Or, Brief Essays On Literary, Social, And Other Themes

byWilliam Mathews

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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. 1896. Excerpt: ... yers who are mere bundles of precedents, or walking digests of decisions in law and equity; doctors who are incarnated pharmacopoeias; weavers who are but animated shuttles, and laborers who are little more than spades that dig, eat, and sleep! Everybody has heard of the mathematician who read " Paradise Lost," and, hearing it praised, asked what it proved. But the most extraordinary case of one-ideaism that we have ever heard of was that of Pugiu, the great English architect, whose Catholic conscience would not allow him to design or build a Protestant church, and who thought it astonishing that a friend of his--a man of extraordinary talents--should live in a house without mullion windows! Accepting, once, by letter, an invitation to stay with a friend, he expressed himself as unable to eat puddings unless they were Gothic in form, and enclosed in his letter a design for a Gothic pudding. No wonder that, after building a score of Gothic churches in different parts of England, he died (in 1852) in a lunatic asylum. Is Wit Yes, says that acute thinker and polished Transient?-writer, Mark Pattison. "No other product of the human mind is so transient as a jest. Taste, in the ridiculous, changes as rapidly as dress. The grandsons of those who had enjoyed the salt of Plautus, thought their ancestors stupid boors for having done so. We have all read of that old Earl of Norwich, whose conceits, brilliant in the court of Charles I., were found insufferable thirty years afterward in that of Charles II. Like perfume, the more subtile and ethereal a piece of humor is, the less it is portable." There is truth in this, but is it not greatly exaggerated? The men who heard Hardcastle's story of "Old Grouse in the gun-room," in Goldsmith's play " She Stoops to Conquer,"...

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Title:Nugae Litterariae; Or, Brief Essays On Literary, Social, And Other ThemesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217520154

ISBN - 13:9780217520157

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