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Essays in Little   By: (1844-1912)

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Essays in Little by Andrew Lang offers a collection of thought-provoking and introspective essays that delve into a wide range of topics. From literature and history to philosophy and folklore, Lang's essays showcase his tremendous breadth of knowledge and his ability to captivate readers with his insightful commentary.

One of the remarkable aspects of this collection is Lang's ability to seamlessly transition from one subject to another. Each essay stands on its own, but together they create a cohesive narrative that invites readers to explore various aspects of human life and existence. Whether discussing the works of famous authors or analyzing historical events, Lang's writing is engaging and illuminating.

What distinguishes Essays in Little is Lang's rich storytelling ability. He effortlessly blends facts, anecdotes, and personal experiences, infusing the essays with a captivating narrative thread. This approach not only makes complex subjects more accessible but also adds an element of entertainment to the reading experience.

The collection covers a vast array of topics, providing something for every kind of reader. Lang delves into literary criticism, sharing his thoughts on beloved classics and lesser-known works alike. He explores the intricacies of folklore and mythology, analyzing their significance in different cultures and their relevance to modern society.

Furthermore, Lang doesn't shy away from tackling weighty subjects such as ethics, politics, and religion. His essays offer nuanced perspectives, questioning conventional wisdom and encouraging readers to think critically about these complex issues. While his opinions are evident, Lang presents them in a manner that allows for dialogue and respectful disagreement.

Another notable aspect of Essays in Little is Lang's ability to connect historical events and literature. He seamlessly weaves together narratives from different time periods, highlighting the influence of literature on society and vice versa. This approach adds depth and context to the essays, elevating them beyond mere commentary and transforming them into valuable historical and literary analysis.

One minor criticism of the collection is that some essays may feel slightly dated. Since the book was first published over a century ago, a few references and perspectives may no longer resonate with modern readers. However, this doesn't detract significantly from the overall quality and enjoyment of the essays.

In conclusion, Essays in Little by Andrew Lang is a captivating collection of essays that showcases the author's vast knowledge and keen insights. Lang's ability to explore diverse subjects while maintaining a cohesive narrative is commendable. The book is a delight for anyone seeking intellectual stimulation and a deeper understanding of literature, history, and human thought.

First Page:

ESSAYS IN LITTLE.

by ANDREW LANG.

WITH PORTRAIT OF THE AUTHOR .

LONDON: HENRY AND CO., BOUVERIE STREET, E.C. 1891.

Printed by Hazell , Watson , & Vincy , Ld. , London and Aylesbury .

CONTENTS.

Preface Alexandre Dumas Mr. Stevenson's works Thomas Haynes Bayly Theodore de Banville Homer and the Study of Greek The Last Fashionable Novel Thackeray Dickens Adventures of Buccaneers The Sagas Charles Kingsley Charles Lever: His books, adventures and misfortunes The poems of Sir Walter Scott John Bunyan To a Young Journalist Mr. Kipling's stories

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PREFACE

Of the following essays, five are new, and were written for this volume. They are the paper on Mr. R. L. Stevenson, the "Letter to a Young Journalist," the study of Mr. Kipling, the note on Homer, and "The Last Fashionable Novel." The article on the author of "Oh, no! we never mention Her," appeared in the New York Sun , and was suggested by Mr. Dana, the editor of that journal. The papers on Thackeray and Dickens were published in Good Words , that on Dumas appeared in Scribner's Magazine , that on M. Theodore de Banville in The New Quarterly Review . The other essays were originally written for a newspaper "Syndicate." They have been re cast, augmented, and, to a great extent, re written... Continue reading book >>




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