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Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American   By: (1834-1926)

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In Harvard Classics Volume 28, editor Charles William Eliot compiles an extensive collection of English and American essays. This anthology offers an in-depth exploration of the genre, showcasing the diversity of thought and the evolution of writing styles over several centuries.

The book showcases an impressive selection of essays from renowned English and American writers, providing readers with a comprehensive overview of the genre's evolution. From Francis Bacon's philosophical musings to Ralph Waldo Emerson's introspective pieces, the essays cover a wide range of topics and themes. This extensive variety ensures that readers are engaged from start to finish, regardless of their specific interests.

Eliot's meticulous curation ensures a balanced representation of both English and American essayists. By including esteemed writers such as Francis Bacon, John Milton, William Hazlitt, and Jonathan Swift, among others, the editor constructs a well-rounded collection that spans different time periods and regions. The book effectively captures the distinct flavors of each era, giving readers a window into the literary landscapes of both countries.

The essays themselves are intellectually stimulating, inviting readers to delve into an exploration of various subjects. Whether contemplating the nature of man's pursuit of knowledge or reflecting on the role of society in shaping human character, each essay encourages critical thinking and thoughtful analysis. The varied literary styles and approaches also keep the reader engaged throughout, as they explore the authors' unique perspectives and insights.

One notable strength of this book is the inclusion of extensive introductory notes for each essay. Eliot provides valuable context and background information, enabling readers to better understand the essays within their historical and cultural contexts. This additional layer of explanation enhances the reading experience and helps bridge the gap between different time periods, making the book accessible to a wider audience.

However, one potential drawback of such an extensive collection is the potential for overwhelming readers with the sheer volume of essays. With over 40 authors and numerous essays to choose from, readers may find it challenging to navigate through the book and select which pieces to focus on. While Eliot's efforts to provide a varied selection are commendable, some readers may prefer a more focused collection that explores fewer essayists in greater depth.

Overall, Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American is a noteworthy addition to any literature lover's collection. Charles William Eliot's thoughtful curation and the inclusion of diverse essays make this anthology a valuable resource for both scholars and casual readers alike. Whether seeking intellectual stimulation or simply exploring the evolution of the English and American essay, this book offers a rich and rewarding experience.

First Page:

THE HARVARD CLASSICS

EDITED BY CHARLES W ELIOT LL D

ESSAYS

ENGLISH AND AMERICAN

WITH INTRODUCTIONS, NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS

"DR ELIOT'S FIVE FOOT SHELF OF BOOKS"

P F COLLIER & SON

NEW YORK

Copyright 1910 BY P. F. COLLIER & Son

Copyright 1886 BY JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL

By arrangement with HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

Copyright 1889 BY THE TRAVELERS INSURANCE COMPANY OF HARTFORD, CONN.

Copyright 1891 BY THE TRAVELERS INSURANCE COMPANY

CONTENTS

JONATHAN SWIFT WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY

THE IDEA OF A UNIVERSITY I. WHAT IS A UNIVERSITY? II. SITE OF A UNIVERSITY III. UNIVERSITY LIFE AT ATHENS JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

THE STUDY OF POETRY MATTHEW ARNOLD

SESAME AND LILIES LECTURE I SESAME: OF KINGS' TREASURIES LECTURE II LILIES: OF QUEENS' GARDENS JOHN RUSKIN

JOHN MILTON WALTER BAGEHOT

SCIENCE AND CULTURE THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY

RACE AND LANGUAGE EDWARD AUGUSTUS FREEMAN

TRUTH OF INTERCOURSE SAMUEL PEPYS ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

ON THE ELEVATION OF THE LABORING CLASSES WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING

THE POETIC PRINCIPLE EDGAR ALLAN POE

WALKING HENRY DAVID THOREAU

ABRAHAM LINCOLN DEMOCRACY JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

William Makepeace Thackeray, one of the greatest of English novelists, was born at Calcutta, India, on July 18, 1811, where his father held an administrative position... Continue reading book >>




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