Louisa Kirkbride

Louisa Kirkbride : A Tale of New York (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Louisa Kirkbride: A Tale of New York Why is it that novels unless altogether meaningless and dull, invariably attract so many readers? When they are cleverly written, books, not only on theology and religion, but likewise on history, science, or travels, cannot compete with them in that regard. It is not sufficient to assign as the chief cause of it the general lowering of intellect so re markable in our age since men of an acute mind often read them with pleasure and perhaps profit. The main reason may be that there is something extremely attractive in the description of human life; and this is the object of most modern novels. Their authors, moreover, often attempt to foster social and political reform, and occasionally great questions are treated under the alluring form of a tale. Of ten, it is true, these philosophical considerations are rather flights of fancy than sober and useful discussions. Some times, however, social good may be effected by an apologue, a fable, a complicated story, a novel, in fine. Every one knows that Charles Dickens acquired a great deal of his fame by endeavoring to bring on the correction of some social abuses; and Mr. Victor Hugo, in the last twenty years or more, has published a large number of political pamphlets, for the instruction of the French, under the form of huge, pompous romances. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 556 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 29mm | 735g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243303874
  • 9780243303878