Streaks of life by Ethel SmythStreaks of life by Ethel Smyth

Streaks of life

byEthel Smyth

Paperback | January 9, 2012

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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. 1921. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE QUOTATION-FIEND The most maligned man in history, one whose memory I propose not only to defend but to extol, is the man who complained that Hamlet was a boring play full of quotations, thereby proving the soundness of his literary instinct. Honour to this anonymous critic, whose sensitive though unlettered brain, stunned into apathy as one well-known phrase after another came booming across the footlights, finally struck work, and failed to perceive certain other features about a drama that otherwise should have held the attention of so discriminating a listener! To come to the point and speak seriously. The habit some writers indulge in of perpetual quotation is one it behoves lovers of good literature to protest against, for it is an insidious habit which in the end must cloud the stream of thought, or at least check spontaneity. If it be true that le style c'est I'homme, what is likely to happen if rhomme is for ever eking out his own personality with that of some other individual? Of such sinners there are two classes. And to neither class belongs Montaigne, that wisest and most adorable of authors, whose every page is literally packed with quotations and who may be used as a weapon in counter-argument. But with Montaigne it is a method, a sort of game. One cannot think of him otherwise than walled-in with leather-bound volumes, snowed under by slips of paper, testifying with one piece of evidence after another to the universality of some intensely Montaignesque sentiment he has just driven into the bull's-eye with the shaft of his wit. No; Montaigne is in a class by himself, though possibly the learned may tell us he was merely the supreme exponent of a mannerism of his epoch. Even so, his selections are those of genius naked and unashamed, and his mig...
Title:Streaks of lifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217056296

ISBN - 13:9780217056298

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