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Comfort Found in Good Old Books   By: (1852-1925)

Comfort Found in Good Old Books by George Hamlin Fitch

First Page:

MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARES

COMEDIES, HISTORIES, & TRAGEDIES.

Published according to the True Originall Copies.

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LONDON Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount. 1623

TITLE PAGE OF THE CELEBRATED FIRST FOLIO EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE THE PLAYS COLLECTED AND EDITED IN 1623 BY HEMINGE AND CONDELL]

COMFORT FOUND IN GOOD OLD BOOKS

BY GEORGE HAMLIN FITCH

I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. Goldsmith.

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PAUL ELDER AND COMPANY PUBLISHERS, SAN FRANCISCO

Copyright, 1911 by PAUL ELDER AND COMPANY

The articles in this book appeared originally in the Sunday book page of the San Francisco Chronicle . The privilege of reproducing them here is due to the courtesy of M. H. de Young, Esq.

TO THE MEMORY OF MY SON HAROLD, MY BEST CRITIC, MY OTHER SELF, WHOSE DEATH HAS TAKEN THE LIGHT OUT OF MY LIFE.

CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION ix

COMFORT FOUND IN GOOD OLD BOOKS xi

Nothing Soothes Grief Like Sterling Old Books How the Sudden Death of an Only Son Proved the Value of the Reading Habit.

THE GREATEST BOOK IN THE WORLD 3

How to Secure the Best that is in the Bible Much Comfort in Sorrow and Stimulus to Good Life may be Found in its Study.

SHAKESPEARE STANDS NEXT TO THE BIBLE 14

Hints on the Reading of Shakespeare's Plays How to Master the best of these Dramas, the Finest of Modern Work.

HOW TO READ THE ANCIENT CLASSICS 29

Authors of Greece and Rome One Should Know Masterpieces of the Ancient World that may be Enjoyed in Good English Versions.

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS AND OTHER CLASSICS 39

Oriental Fairy Tales and German Legends The Ancient Arabian Stories and the Nibelungenlied among World's Greatest Books.

THE CONFESSIONS OF ST. AUGUSTINE 48

An Eloquent book of Religious Meditation The Ablest of Early Christian Fathers Tells of His Youth, His Friends and His Conversion.

DON QUIXOTE, ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT BOOKS 56

Cervantes' Masterpiece a Book for All Time Intensely Spanish, it Still Appeals to All Nations by its Deep Human Interest.

THE IMITATION OF CHRIST 64

Features of Great Work by Old Thomas à Kempis Meditations of a Flemish Monk which have not Lost their Influence in Five Hundred Years.

THE RUBÁ'IYÁT OF OMAR KHAYYÁM 74

Popularity of an Old Persian's Quatrains Splendid Oriental Imagery Joined to Modern Doubt Found in this Great Poem.

THE DIVINE COMEDY BY DANTE 83

Influence of One of the World's Great Books The Exiled Florentine's Poem has Colored the Life and Work of Many Famous Writers.

HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF BOOKS 92

Is the Higher Education an Absolute Necessity? Desire to gain Knowledge and Culture will make one Master of All the Best Books... Continue reading book >>




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