The Discipline of Letters

The Discipline of Letters : An Inaugural Lecture Delivered Before the University of Oxford on 9 May, 1923 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Discipline of Letters: An Inaugural Lecture Delivered Before the University of Oxford on 9 May, 1923 It is hard to say from a rostrum what should be said about Walter Raleigh; for though no one adorned it more, or, I think, more valued its privileges, since it allowed him to address the young, he was happiest where men are equal, - in rooms where no one lectures, on roads where all men Walk, In air which all men freely breathe. I must not attempt to add to the many portraits which his friends have drawn of this singularly lovable man of genius. I am addressing an audience which knew him. I will speak only for a moment, and it shall be of his teaching and his professional opinions. Both as a teacher and as a critic he was undogmatic, knowing well that for every dogmatist life is waiting somewhere and will catch him in the end. His lectures, and particularly the conversational teaching in which he excelled, were in this respect like his familiar talk: they were experimental, rich in afterthoughts, and full of incidents and of surprises even to himself. It was felt, as the theme warmed, that anything might happen, and the expectancy of his audience was shared by their instructor. He was never harsh, and though he disliked the dogmas of his trade, he did not as a rule attack them. He was content to describe them, and when the description was finished it was usually found that attack would be unnecessary. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 2mm | 50g
  • English
  • Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 024302987X
  • 9780243029877