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An Estimate of the Value and Influence of Works of Fiction in Modern Times   By: (1836-1882)

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In "An Estimate of the Value and Influence of Works of Fiction in Modern Times" by Thomas Hill Green, the author provides a comprehensive analysis of the impact of fiction in our contemporary society. Green's compelling arguments and insightful observations make this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the significance of literary works in shaping our cultural, social, and individual perspectives.

One of the most notable aspects of Green's work is his meticulous examination of the value that fiction brings to society. He argues that contrary to popular belief, fiction is not merely a form of entertainment, but rather a powerful tool for imparting moral and philosophical lessons. Green convincingly illustrates how well-crafted narratives can help individuals develop empathy, critical thinking abilities, and a more nuanced understanding of the complex world around them.

Moreover, the author explores the influence of fiction on our collective consciousness, highlighting its potential to challenge prevailing norms and encourage societal progress. He skillfully demonstrates how works of fiction can serve as a platform for commentary on social issues, stimulating public discourse and inspiring positive change. By examining the transformative power of literature, Green urges readers to recognize the immense impact that stories have on our lives, both as individuals and as part of a larger community.

Furthermore, Green's analysis goes beyond the individual and societal level, delving into the personal experiences of readers and their relationship with fiction. He explores the emotional and intellectual engagement that occurs when individuals immerse themselves in a gripping narrative, emphasizing the ways in which storytelling has the capacity to evoke strong emotions, elicit introspection, and offer solace during difficult times. Green's examination of the deeply personal connection between readers and fiction adds a compelling layer of depth to his argument.

While the subject matter of Green's work is undoubtedly thought-provoking, some readers may find the academic nature of his writing style to be somewhat challenging. His language can be dense and complex, requiring careful attention and concentration. However, this scholarly approach ultimately adds credibility to Green's arguments and validates the importance of his research.

In conclusion, "An Estimate of the Value and Influence of Works of Fiction in Modern Times" is a thought-provoking and highly informative book that explores the profound impact of fiction in our society. Thomas Hill Green's insightful analysis, supported by extensive research, offers readers a unique perspective on the value of literary works and their capacity to shape our understanding of the world. This book is a valuable resource for scholars, educators, and anyone interested in the intersection of literature, culture, and personal growth.

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Thomas Hill Green

An Estimate of The Value and Influence


Works of Fiction In Modern Times

Edited With Introduction and Notes


Fred Newton Scott

Professor of Rhetoric in the University of Michigan

George Wahr Ann Arbor Michigan 1911






For a good many years I have used this essay of Green's with an advanced class in the theory of prose fiction. It has worked well. It always arouses discussion, and in doing so it has the great virtue that it imperiously leads the argument away from superficialities and centers it upon fundamentals. Its service as a stimulus to high thinking cannot easily be overestimated. For any student, and especially for one who has known only the unidea'd criticism of fiction so popular today, it is a fine thing to come in contact with a high minded, sturdy, and uncompromising thinker such as Green is. As Green says of the hearer of tragedy, "He bears about him, for a time at least, among the rank vapors of the earth, something of the freshness and fragrance of the higher air... Continue reading book >>

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