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Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal

Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal by Austin Craig
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LINEAGE LIFE AND LABORS of JOSE RIZAL PHILIPPINE PATRIOT
BY AUSTIN CRAIG
INTRODUCTION In writing a biography, the author, if he be discriminating, selects, with great care, the salient features of the life story of the one whom he deems worthy of being portrayed as a person possessed of preeminent qualities that make for a character and greatness. Indeed to write biography at all, one should have that nice sense of proportion that makes him instinctively seize upon only those points that do advance his theme. Boswell has given the world an example of biography that is often wearisome in the extreme, although he wrote about a man who occupied in his time a commanding position. Because Johnson was Johnson the world accepts Boswell, and loves to talk of the minuteness of Boswell's portrayal, yet how many read him, or if they do read him, have the patience to read him to the end?

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LINEAGE LIFE AND LABORS of JOSÉ RIZAL PHILIPPINE PATRIOT

A Study of the Growth of Free Ideas in the Trans Pacific American Territory

BY

AUSTIN CRAIG ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ORIENTAL HISTORY UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

AUTHOR OF "THE STUDY OF JOSÉ RIZAL," "EL LINEAJE DEL DOCTOR RIZAL," ETC.

INTRODUCTION BY JAMES ALEXANDER ROBERTSON, L.H.D.

MANILA

1913

DEDICATION

To the Philippine Youth

The subject of Doctor Rizal's first prize winning poem was The Philippine Youth, and its theme was "Growth." The study of the growth of free ideas, as illustrated in this book of his lineage, life and labors, may therefore fittingly be dedicated to the "fair hope of the fatherland."

Except in the case of some few men of great genius, those who are accustomed to absolutism cannot comprehend democracy. Therefore our nation is relying on its young men and young women; on the rising, instructed generation, for the secure establishment of popular self government in the Philippines. This was Rizal's own idea, for he said, through the old philosopher in "Noli me Tangere," that he was not writing for his own generation but for a coming, instructed generation that would understand his hidden meaning... Continue reading book >>


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