The Forum Volume 40

The Forum Volume 40

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...sole and perfect truth, and once let it escape out of his hand, the world would be annihilated there and then, and the universe melt away instantly like a shadow. Divine truth, like a last judgment, would reduce it to powder. It is difficult to stop, when one has once begun gleaning quotable passages from this little treasure-house of paradoxes, lambent ironies, curious blendings of mockery, satire, and sadness. Perhaps the following, which is eminently characteristic, will serve as well as any with which to make a pause: The comic soon becomes painful when it contains a human element. Does not Don Quixote sometimes make you weep? For my part, I greatly enjoy certain books that breathe a calm and contented disconsolateness, such as Cervantes' incomparable romance, or Candide--works which are, if rightly regarded, manuals of tolerance and indulgent pity, holy bibles of benignity. For the present hour, of course, the importance of Anatole France's latest work, his Vie de Jeanne d'Arc, looms very large before the eyes of the world at large. It has caused a degree of surprise and aroused an amount of controversy that, in view of his often expressed views of history in general and the Maid of Orleans in particular, seems to be in a measure uncalled for. His ambition to write a life of Jeanne d'Arc is not of recent date; vaguely and without fixed purpose, it had begun to germinate in his mind almost a quarter of a century ago. Again and again, some other writer's attempt to portray the Maid in poem or drama or biography stirred him to ironic protest; no modern author, either in prose or verse, even approximately embodied his ideal; no one later than Valerandus Yaranius, who wrote a Latin epic poem early in the sixteenth century, even approached...
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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236908910
  • 9781236908919