Amenities of Literature, Consisting of Sketches and Characters of English Literature

Amenities of Literature, Consisting of Sketches and Characters of English Literature

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...first readers of Hakli Yt's immense collection. The advancement of general society out of its first exclusive circles became apparent when " the public" themselves weregradually forming a component part of the empire. "The new learning," as the free discussions of opinions and the popular literature of the day were distinguished, widely spread. Society was no longer scattered in distant insulations. Their observation was more extended, their thought was more grave; tastes multiplied, and finer sympathies awakened. "The theatre" and "the ordinary" first rose in this early stage of our civilisation; and the ceaseless, publications of the day, in the current form of pamphlets, were snatched up, even in the intervening pauses of theatrical representation, or were commented on by some caustic oracleat the ordinary, or in Powles' walk. We were now at the crisis of that great moral revolution in the intellectual history of a people become readers, and the people become writers. In the closer intercourse with their neighbours, their insulated homeliness was giving way to more exotic manners; they seemed to imitate every nation while they were incurring the raillery or the causticity of our satirists, who are not usually the profoundest philosophers. Tho satirists are the earliest recorders of manners, but, fugitive historians of fugitive objects, they only sport on the surface of things. The progressive expansion of social life, through its homeliest transitions, are more clearly discerned in the perspective view; for those who are occupied by opening their narrow ways, and by lengthening their streets, do not contemplate on the architectural city which is reserved for posterity. It was popular to ridicule the...show more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236545370
  • 9781236545374