First Principles of Popular Education and Public Instruction

First Principles of Popular Education and Public Instruction

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...Did Felicia Hemans struggle less heroically, devotedly and triumphantly against desertion, poverty and illness, or discharge less faithfully her duty to her helpless children because her cultivated intellect enabled her to soar upon the unflagging wings of the imagination into the loftiest and purest regions of poetical beauty and sublimity? Who will accuse Joanna Baillie, Maria Edgeworth, Amelia Opie, Mary Russell Mitford, Mary Somerville, Caroline Herschell, Mary Howitt, or our own Hannah Adams, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, Lydia Maria Childs, Caroline Matilda Kirkland, Miss Sedgewick, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and that radiant cluster of poetesses who beautify and adorn our intellectual galaxy, of inattention to the duties and claims of ordinary life? And if we are occasionally called upon to lament the perverse and erratic wanderings of a Martineau, a Trollope or a Fanny Wright, or to sympathize with the errors, the obliquities, the faults and the misfortunes of the Wolstoncrofts, the Godwins, the JSTortons, and others like them, we console ourselves by the reflection that an unfavorable combination of circumstances, rather than any promptings of the intellect or the heart, darkened and obscured the path of these gifted daughters of genius, and intercepted those rays of happiness and enjoyment they were so well adapted to attract and to reflect. The want of congenial companionship, of a just and generous appreciation, of that kindness and affectionate regard without which the heart refuses to put forth its beautiful blossoms of hope and love---and above all the presence and pervading influence of sordid, base and groveling minds, of degrading and repulsive associations, and innumerable obstacles to the healthful development of the character and more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236616553
  • 9781236616555