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My Literary Passions (Large Print)

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Published by ReadHowYouWant.com .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • General & Literary Fiction,
  • Fiction,
  • Fiction - General,
  • General,
  • Fiction / General,
  • Literary Criticism & Collections / American

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages312
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL9353413M
    ISBN 101425002293
    ISBN 109781425002299

    I have a fondness for books of popular science, perhaps because they too are part of the human story. The name was thought by the friendly editor of the popular publication where they were serialized a main part of such inspiration as they might be conjectured to have, and was, as seldom happens with editor and author, cordially agreed upon before they were begun. His didactic stories, like all stories of the sort, dwindle into allegories; perhaps they do their work the better for this, with the simple intelligences they address; but I think that where Tolstoy becomes impatient of his office of artist, and prefers to be directly a teacher, he robs himself of more than half his strength with those he can move only through the realization of themselves in others. But I had very little concern then as to that sort of error.

    He had found the origins of those tricks and turns of Heine's in 'Tristram Shandy' and the 'Sentimental Journey;' and this galled me, as if he had shown that some mistress of my soul had studied her graces from another girl, and that it was not all her own hair that she wore. Fortunately, these books of Valdes's have nearly all been translated, and the reader may test the matter in English; though it necessarily halts somewhat behind the Spanish. It is their serious fidelity which gives them a value unique in literature, and which if it were carefully analyzed would afford a principle of the same quality in an author who was undoubtedly one of the finest of artists as well as the most Philistine of men. It was only the other day that I read Smoke through once more, with no diminished sense of its truth, but with somewhat less than my first satisfaction in its art.

    The book of his that pleased me most was 'Edelweiss,' which, though the story was somewhat too catastrophical, seemed to me admirably good and true. I did not assent to the possibility, but the notion gave me a shiver of dismay. Sheet Music Howells, W. Tolstoy is, of course, the first of them in this supreme grace.


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My Literary Passions book

He could not understand it; he deplored it almost as a moral defect in me; though he honored it as a proof of my critical taste. He is next to Tolstoy in his willingness to give himself for his kind; if he would rather give himself in fighting than in suffering wrong, I do not know that his self-sacrifice is less in degree.

For the present I went no farther in German literature, and I recurred to it in later years only for deeper and fuller knowledge of Heine; my Spanish was ignored, as all first loves are when one has reached the age of twenty-six.

When I remembered the deliberate and impertinent moralizing of Thackeray, the clumsy exegesis of George Eliot, the knowing nods and winks of Charles Reade, the stage-carpentering and limelighting of Dickens, even the fine and important analysis of Hawthorne, it was with a joyful astonishment that I realized the great art of Tourguenief.

It was an evening paper, and I had nearly as much time for reading and study as I had at home. It must be, I felt with far less consciousness than my formulation of the feeling expresses, that I was of some finer sort myself to be able to enjoy such a fine sort.

He is very, distinctly fallible, but I think My Literary Passions book life is not less instructive because in certain things it seems a failure. Fortunately, these books of Valdes's have nearly all been translated, and the reader may test the matter in English; though it necessarily halts somewhat behind the Spanish.

I came rather late, but I came with all the ardor of what seems my perennial literary youth, to the love of Thomas Hardy, whom I first knew in his story 'A Pair of Blue Eyes.

Experienced full time professional bookseller since ; print, map and poster seller since The way he showed me seemed indeed impossible to my will, but to my conscience it was and is the only possible way. I do not the least condemn that sort of thing; one does not live by sweets, unless one is willing to spoil one's digestion; but one may now and then indulge one's self without harm, and a sugar-plum or two after dinner may even be of advantage.

I thought My Literary Passions book last word in literary art had been said to me by the novels of Tourguenief, but it seemed like the first, merely, when I began to acquaint myself with the simpler method of Tolstoy. Terrible as the 'Kreutzer Sonata' was, it had a moral effect dramatically which it lost altogether when the author descended to exegesis, and applied to marriage the lesson of one evil marriage.

As usual, I am not able fully to account for my liking of these books, and I am so far from wishing to justify it that I think I ought rather to excuse it. It was so the earliest Christians, who had all things common, understood the life of Christ, and I believe that the latest will understand it so.

I still think it very delicately done, and with a deep insight; but there is something in all Auerbach's work which in the retrospect affects me as if it dealt with pigmies. I am not sure but I rather prefer it to fiction, though I am aware that in looking back over this record of my literary passions I must seem to have cared for very little besides fiction.

He has my love not only because he is a poet of the most exquisite verity, but because he is a lover of men, with a faith in them such as can move mountains of ignorance, and dulness, and greed.

POPE X. What I feel sure is that I can never look at life in the mean and sordid way that I did before I read Tolstoy. First edition. Be the change you want to see in the world! It is simply abhorrent, but when you have once granted him his material for his own use, it is idle and foolish to deny his power.

Solitude enfeebles and palsies, and it is as comrades and brothers that men must save the world from itself, rather than themselves from the world. All orders are carefully packaged for safe delivery. He has a good word for the virtues, he patronizes the Christian graces, he pats humble merit on the head; he has even explosions of indignation against the insolence and pride of birth, and purse-pride.

It was so the earliest Christians, who had all things common, understood the life of Christ, and I believe that the latest will understand it so. The life and character I have found portrayed there have appealed always to the consciousness of right and wrong implanted in me; and from no one has this appeal been stronger than from George Eliot.

Solitude enfeebles and palsies, and it is as comrades and brothers that men must save the world from itself, rather than themselves from the world. In his hands sin suffered no dramatic punishment; it did not always show itself as unhappiness, in the personal sense, but it was always unrest, and without the hope of peace.

In fact, I could have valued any picture of the life and character I knew only as it put me in mind of life and character as these had shown themselves to me in his books. Murder in the first degree is flattered by his fate up to the point of letting him die peacefully in Boston after these dealings of his in England; and altogether his story could not be commended to people with a morbid taste for bloodshed.

Heine was always a personal interest with me, and every word of his made me long to have had him say it to me, and tell me why he said it.

I met a great many cultivated people, chiefly young ladies, and there were several houses where we young fellows went and came almost as freely as if they were our own.My Literary Passions - Tolstoy XXXV.

TOLSTOY. the book is a sort of revelation of human nature in circumstances that have been so perpetually lied about that we have almost lost the faculty of perceiving the truth concerning an illicit love.

When you have once read 'Anna Karenina' you know how fatally miserable and essentially unhappy. "My Literary Passions" by William Dean Howells. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre.

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