Letters on Politics, Economy, and Miscellaneous Matters Volume 2

Letters on Politics, Economy, and Miscellaneous Matters 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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...by increase of work to cease lecturing except at Oxford--and practically there also--for, indeed, I find the desire of audiences to be audiences only becoming an entirely pestilent character of the age. Everybody wants to hear--nobody to read--nobody to think; to be excited for an hour--andi if possible, amused; to get the knowledge it has cost a man half his life to gather, first sweetened up to make it palatable, and then kneaded into the smallest possible pills--and to swallow it homceopathically and be wise--this is the passionate desire and hope of the multitude of the day. It is not to be done. A living comment quietly given to a class on a book they are earnestly reading--This letter was written to Mr. Chapman, of the Glasgow Athenaeum Lecture Committee, in reply to a request that Mr. Ruskin would lecture at their meetings during the winter. Writing from Oxford, four years later, in answer to a similar request, Mr. Ruskin wrote as follows: --"Nothing can advance art in any district of this accursed machine-anddevil driven England until she changes her mind in many things, and my time for talking is past.--Ever faithfully yours, J. Ruskin. I lecture here but only on the art of the past." (Extract given in the Times, Feb. 12, 1878.) this kind of lecture is eternally necessary and wholesome; your modern fire-working, smooth-downycurry-and-strawberry-ice-and-milk-punch-altogether lecture is an entirely pestilent and abominable vanity; and the miserable death of poor Dickens, when he might have been writing blessed books till he was eighty, but for the pestiferous demand of the mob, is a very solemn warning to us all, if we would take it God willing, I will go on writing, and as well as I can. There are three volumes published of my...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236645588
  • 9781236645586