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The Glory of English Prose Letters to My Grandson   By: (1854-1936)

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In "The Glory of English Prose: Letters to My Grandson" by Stephen Coleridge, readers are granted a rare glimpse into the author's profound passion and erudition for the English language. Comprising a series of letters addressed to his grandson, Coleridge's book serves as an insightful guide, drawing from a vast array of literary works and delving into the intricacies of English prose with unbridled enthusiasm.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Coleridge's exceptional ability to captivate readers with his effortless prose. His writing is both erudite and accessible, striking the perfect balance for any reader interested in exploring the depths of English language. Coleridge's deep knowledge and love for his subject matter are evident throughout, effortlessly guiding readers through various literary devices and techniques with lucidity and warmth.

Moreover, Coleridge's passion for the English language is infectious. As he delves into the works of renowned writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Jane Austen, he unveils the beauty and power of their prose, allowing readers to appreciate the artistry behind each sentence. Through his meticulous analysis, Coleridge sheds light on the subtle nuances and hidden depths of some of the greatest works of English literature, enticing readers to embark on their own intellectual journey through the written word.

In addition to his explorations of renowned literary works, Coleridge also provides invaluable guidance on the art of writing itself. With each letter, he imparts wisdom and practical advice, honed through his vast experience as both a writer and a scholar. Whether it is the importance of vocabulary, the art of crafting persuasive arguments, or the nuances of sentence structure, Coleridge's insights are illuminating and highly instructive.

Although this book mainly appeals to language enthusiasts and aspiring writers, it has the inherent ability to captivate a wider audience as well. Coleridge's engaging and conversational tone ensures that readers feel like they are being personally guided on a journey through the evolution and significance of English prose. Consequently, the book serves as an invaluable resource for both scholars and general readers alike, providing a deeper understanding of the richness and influence of the English language.

"The Glory of English Prose: Letters to My Grandson" truly lives up to its title, encapsulating the very spirit and grandeur that makes the English language such a magnificent medium for self-expression and storytelling. Stephen Coleridge's profound knowledge, expressed with elegance and fervor, makes this book an absolute treasure for anyone who seeks to appreciate and master the glorious art of English prose.

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The Glory of English Prose

Letters to my Grandson


The Glory of English Prose Letters to My Grandson

By The Hon. Stephen Coleridge

"The chief glory of every people arises from its authors" Dr. Johnson

G.P. Putnam's Sons New York and London The Knickerbocker Press 1922

1922 by Stephen Coleridge Made in the United States of America


If you have read, gentle reader, the earlier series of Letters to my Grandson on the World about Him , you are to understand that in the interval between those letters and these, Antony has grown to be a boy in the sixth form of his public school.

It has not been any longer necessary therefore to study an extreme simplicity of diction in these letters.

My desire has been to lead him into the most glorious company in the world, in the hope that, having early made friends with the noblest of human aristocracy, he will never afterwards admit to his affection and intimacy anything mean or vulgar.

Many young people who, like Antony, are not at all averse from the study of English writers, stand aghast at the vastness of the what seems so gigantic an enterprise.

In these letters I have acted as pilot for a first voyage through what is to a boy an uncharted sea, after which I hope and believe he will have learned happily to steer for himself among the islands of the blest... Continue reading book >>

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