Life and Studies of Benjamin West; Prior to His Arrival in England, Compiled from Materials Furnished by Himself

Life and Studies of Benjamin West; Prior to His Arrival in England, Compiled from Materials Furnished by Himself

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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. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ...of any value descriptive of the peculiar associations connected with its scenery. Among some of the Indian tribes a vein of original poetry has, in deed, been discovered; but the riches of the mine ' are. unexplored, and the charge of sterility of fancy, which is made by the Europeans against thecitizens of the United States, still remains unrefuted. Since the period, however, to which these memoirs chiefly refer, events of great importance have occurred, and the recollections connected with them, no doubt, tend to imbue the American climate with the elements of poetical thought; but they are of too recent occurrence for the purposes either of the epic or the tragic muse. The facts of history in America are still seen too much in detail for the imagination to combine them with her own creation. The fields of battle are almost too fresh for the farmer tobreak the surface; and years must elapse before the ploughshare shall turn up those eroded arms of which the sight will call into poetical existence the sad and dreadful incidents of the civil war. V. In New York Mr. West found the society" wholly devoted to mercantile pursuits. A dispo-. sition to estimate the value of things, not by their utility, or by their beauty, but by the price which they would bring in the market, almost universally prevailed. Mercantile men are liabituated by the nature of their transactions to overlook the intrinsic qualities of the very commodi ties in. which they deal; and though of all the community they are the most liberal and the most munificent, they set the least value on intellectual productions. The population of New York was formed of adventurers from all parts of Europe, who had come thither for the express purpose of making money, in...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123674232X
  • 9781236742322