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Among Famous Books   By: (1864-1929)

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Among Famous Books by John Kelman is a literary gem that traverses the vast landscape of renowned literary works, offering insightful analysis and critical interpretation. Kelman's deep understanding and passion for literature shine through every page, making this book an absolute treat for any book lover.

The author's writing style is engaging and accessible, which makes the exploration of various famous works both enjoyable and enlightening. Kelman provides a comprehensive overview of each book, delving into its themes, characters, and historical context. However, what truly sets this book apart is Kelman's ability to go beyond surface-level analysis and delve into the moral and philosophical implications of these masterpieces.

One of the book's standout features is its inclusivity. Kelman not only highlights the universally recognized classics but also introduces readers to lesser-known literary gems. This inclusive approach broadens the reader's literary horizons, encouraging them to discover and appreciate authors and works they may have overlooked.

Moreover, Kelman's love for literature is contagious, as his enthusiasm and admiration for each work leap off the page. His discussions are not limited to praising the books but also delve into their flaws, contextualizing them within the respective time periods they were written. This well-rounded analysis adds depth to the book and further enhances the reader's understanding and appreciation of the literary canon.

However, one minor drawback of Among Famous Books is that some chapters can feel slightly rushed, particularly when discussing longer works. This brevity may leave readers wanting more in-depth analysis of certain books. Nonetheless, this does not detract from the overall value of the book, and can easily be supplemented by further exploration of the recommended titles.

In conclusion, Among Famous Books by John Kelman is a must-read for any avid reader, whether they be a seasoned literary enthusiast or a novice looking to expand their literary repertoire. Kelman's astute observations and genuine love for books make this a highly enjoyable and enriching read. This book is a compelling ode to literature's timeless power and serves as a guide for both literary exploration and personal growth.

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Printed in 1912


The object of the following lectures is twofold. They were delivered in the first place for the purpose of directing the attention of readers to books whose literary charm and spiritual value have made them conspicuous in the vast literature of England. Such a task, however, tends to be so discursive as to lose all unity, depending absolutely upon the taste of the individual, and the chances of his experience in reading.

I have accordingly taken for the general theme of the book that constant struggle between paganism and idealism which is the deepest fact in the life of man, and whose story, told in one form or another, provides the matter of all vital literature. This will serve as a thread to give continuity of thought to the lectures, and it will keep them near to central issues.

Having said so much, it is only necessary to add one word more by way of explanation. In quest of the relations between the spiritual and the material, or (to put it otherwise) of the battle between the flesh and the spirit, we shall dip into three different periods of time: (1) Classical, (2) Sixteenth Century, (3) Modern. Each of these has a character of its own, and the glimpses which we shall have of them ought to be interesting in their own right... Continue reading book >>

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