The Bookworm; An Illustrated Treasury of Old-Time Literature Volume 2

The Bookworm; An Illustrated Treasury of Old-Time Literature Volume 2

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...but men should be very wary not to flatter themselves so far, as to think that others are bound to believe their bare say-so's. "He requires also such Perspicuity, that he would have the Book which is made publick to be the Looking-glass of the Author's mind; clearly presenting the sence of what is written to the reader. As for authors who use an affected obscurity in their writings, as though they desired not to be understood, he thinks they might gratifie their own humour and the World much better by being silent. "Lastly, he will not have a man so far indulge Perspicuity, as to neglect a due Brevity: For as Obscurity makes a Book useless, so if it be drawn out in Length, it becomes tedious. It is certain, that it is not in the bulk of the body, but in the intention of the virtue of all things, that the perfection and laudable being consists. Now the way to observe this brevity he says is this: "1. If Writers insist on that chief subject which they have made AN OLD CRITIQUE ON AUTHORSHIP. 185 choice of to treat on, rejecting all things that are not ad Rhombum; and not do as some, who drawing everything from every thing, expatiate themselves as much on I know not what other matters, as on the principal Argument itself. "2. If they undertake to treat of no things ex professo, but of which, others, at leastwise as far as they can understand, have writ either nothing or little, or at least not so elegantly and profoundly as they propose to do. Here he reflects severely on Plagiaries; and for a rule to good Writers, he advises them to let alone, as much as may be, what is well said by our predecessors, and to apply themselves rather to other things which haply are not so well explicated. We know many things, but there are more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236587235
  • 9781236587237