ALA Bulletin Volume N . 5

ALA Bulletin Volume N . 5

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...and cheer us In the humdrum tedium of the common lot. I like to know that Shakespeare, the supremest of poets, kept a practical eye to the windward of business affairs, and so prospered; I even like to think that In his youth ho may have poached. It is good to see our own cold Washington fling an inkstand at the head of one of his pinchbeck soldiers--much better than to swallow poor old Weems's pious lie about the hatchet; and it is delightful to hide behind a tree while the father of his country rolls upon the ground In fits of laughter over the plight of the young men and the peddler. Then there is Tennyson, groping on his knees amid the grass below his window in the dewy English morning, searching earnestly for his smelly pipe, and sweeping up carefully the crumbs of his precious tobacco, he having impulsively "sworn off" smoking just the night before, and tossed out the devil's implements altogether. One knows, moreover, that Robert Browning could not be a prig or a pedant when one hears him jovially exclaiming that when Sordello was first written only two beings in the universe knew its meaning--"God and Robert Browning; now God alone knows," says he. Martin Luther is a pleasanter picture punching the gentle Philip in the short ribs over a sophisticated bit of exegesis than when refusing to shake hands with Zwingli; and the apostles themselves are more lovable companions in the frank undress of New Testament Greek than when clothed with the euphemisms of a pure but at the same time puritanical English. They all had humanity; so have we; and it makes a man bolder for the efficient life if he can come into homespun earthy contact with those "dead but scept'red sovereigns who rule us from their urns." They swing...
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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236616677
  • 9781236616678