English literature, from the days of the minstrels to the Lake Poets--Chaucer and Spenser and Milton, and even Shakespeare, included--breathes no quite fresh and, in this sense, wild strain.
Where is the literature which gives expression to Nature?
It was first communicated to the public in that curious record of ancient literature, which has been accumulated by the combined exertions of Sir Egerton Brydges.
No fascination has ever been attached to Oriental literature, equal to that produced by Mr Galland's first translation of the Arabian Tales; in which, retaining on the one hand the splendour of Eastern costume, and on the other the wildness of Eastern fiction, he mixed these with just so much ordinary feeling and expression, as rendered them interesting and intelligible, while he abridged the long-winded narratives, curtailed the monotonous reflections, and rejected the endless repetitions of the Arabian original.
But in regard to other books, his fondness was too much for him, and when I began to show a liking for literature he was eager to guide my choice.
it was also the village drug-store) had then the only stock of literature for sale in the place; and once, when Harper & Brothers' agent came to replenish it, be gave my father several volumes for review.
Elizabethan prose, all too chaotic in the beauty and force which overflowed into it from Elizabethan poetry, and incorrect with an incorrectness which leaves it scarcely legitimate prose at all: then, in reaction against that, the correctness of Dryden, and his followers through the eighteenth century, determining the standard of a prose in the proper sense, not inferior to the prose of the Augustan age in Latin, or of the "great age in France": and, again in reaction against this, the wild mixture of poetry and prose, in our wild nineteenth century, under the influence of such writers as Dickens and Carlyle: such are the three periods into which the story of our prose literature divides itself.
That his book should have found many readers we can well understand, in the light of the excellent qualities which, in high degree, have gone to the making of it: a tasteful learning, never deserted by that hold upon contemporary literature which is so animating an influence in the study of what belongs to the past.
Every portal to success in literature
is guarded by those watch-dogs, the failures in literature
really means letters, for it comes from a Latin word littera, meaning a letter of the alphabet.
The two grand divisions under which Literature
is usually arranged in these days occupied the customary places in it.
stood a little higher as a profession, I should almost advise you--but no
This book aims to provide a general manual of English Literature
for students in colleges and universities and others beyond the high-school age.
But in our day he goes straight for the literature
of negation, very quickly assimilates all the extracts of the science of negation, and he's ready.
Of contemporary literature
, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing.