The Bachelor's Wife

Paperback | January 14, 2012

byJohn Galt

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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. 1824. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAP. XLI. CYCLES OF LITERATURE. "I Have often thought," said the Bachelor one evening, "that there are cycles of particular literature. One age excels in the drama, another in history, another in general poetry, the present seems to be that of novels." "And it is natural that it should be so," replied the Nymph. "After epochs of action and enterprise, in which individual peculiarities are called into impassioned exercise, we should expect the drama to thrive: the history of English literature shows as much. The conflicts of the York and Lancaster wars; the controversies of the Reforma... tion; the vicissitudes of fortune, arising from the changes induced by them; the struggles and conspiracies of faction; the wrongs done to private affection by the same causes, all combined to prepare the way in England for some extraordinary display of dramatic power; and accordingly we find in Shakspeare, and his illustrious contemporaries, such a stupendous store of talent for thai species of writing as never was seen at any one period in the world before. "The dramatic age was followed by the histoiical. The compilations in that sort of composition, both in the latter part of Elizabeth's reign, and throughout the whole of King James the First's time, are still the most valuable and important that have yet been made in English literature. The literature of no other country possesses any thing to be put into comparison with the Chronicles of these kingdoms. "After the historical cycle came that of general poetry, the genius of which addressed itself not to the description of scenes or of feelings, but almost exclusively to the associations which constitute the basis of rational knowledge. Pope may be said to have been the chief in this species of composition, and I am not sur...

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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. 1824. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAP. XLI. CYCLES OF LITERATURE. "I Have often thought," said the Bachelor one evening, "that there are cycles of particular literatu...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:122 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:January 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217571956

ISBN - 13:9780217571951

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