Protean papers by William Dudley FoulkeProtean papers by William Dudley Foulke

Protean papers

byWilliam Dudley Foulke

Paperback | February 8, 2012

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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.1903 Excerpt: ... ON SPELLBINDERS A LOCAL authority on spellbinding once gave me the following prescription: "Fill yourself with your subject, knock out the bung, and let nature caper." Even according to this recipe it is necessary to fill yourself with your subject, and no man is of much use in a political campaign who has not made a careful study of the issues. But men do this in different ways. One will prepare a speech and commit it verbatim. Another will read all he can lay his hands on, classify and arrange his thoughts, and then trust to the occasion for his language. Another will prepare two or three addresses, or at least the materials for them, and then select, at the last moment, the one which he thinks best adapted to the audience and the circumstances. The spellbinder, talking as he does day after day, is sure to find out by experience the things that are most effective in what he says. He soon leaves out the poorer parts of his speeches, adds something new to the rest, and before the end of the campaign there is developed, by a natural and experimental evolution, a far better argument than the one with which he began it. The man who goes out with a single address is sometimes caught in an awkward predicament. It is depressing to find among your auditors a large delegation from Smithville, where you delivered that magnificent peroration just two nights before. Even the same line of argument is apt to weary those who have once heard it. The "Compleat Angler" who expects to catch many kinds of fish will not go out with a single kind of bait, and the "Compleat Spellbinder" ought to have an assortment of speeches. Sometimes the daily press will report what you say in full, and it is embarrassing to come before your auditors prepared only to repeat what they have jus...
Title:Protean papersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217537715

ISBN - 13:9780217537711