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Little Essays of Love and Virtue   By: (1859-1939)

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Little Essays of Love and Virtue by Havelock Ellis is a captivating collection of thought-provoking essays that explores the intricacies of human emotions, relationships, and the pursuit of virtuous living. Ellis, known for his bold and controversial ideas, delves deep into the realms of love and virtue, providing readers with a refreshing and insightful perspective.

One of the standout aspects of this book is Ellis' ability to articulate complex ideas with exceptional clarity. His prose is elegant and concise, making each essay a pleasure to read. From the very first page, the author's command over language and his ability to express profound concepts in a straightforward manner commands attention.

The book is categorized into different sections, each dedicated to exploring a specific aspect of love and virtue. Ellis tackles subjects such as romantic love, friendship, and moral values, dissecting each with precision and offering unique insights. By examining these distinct facets, the reader gains a comprehensive understanding of the roles they play in human life.

Furthermore, Ellis brings a refreshingly realistic perspective to love and virtue. He acknowledges the complexities and contradictions inherent in human relationships, encouraging readers to embrace the diverse experiences and emotions that come with them. This approach adds depth and authenticity to the essays, making them relatable and resonant.

In addition to his insights on emotional and romantic love, Ellis highlights the importance of virtuous living. Drawing on philosophy and psychology, he explores topics such as self-restraint, integrity, and the pursuit of noble goals. Through his analysis, Ellis provides valuable guidance for individuals seeking to live a morally upright and fulfilling life.

While the essays are not always easy reads, with some requiring more concentration and reflection than others, their intellectual rigor adds to their worth. Ellis challenges readers to question preconceived notions and traditional ideas about love and virtue, inviting them to forge their own paths of understanding.

Overall, Little Essays of Love and Virtue is a remarkable collection of essays that delves into the multifaceted aspects of human emotions and moral values. Havelock Ellis' eloquent prose and profound insights make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the complexities of love and the pursuit of a virtuous life.

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STUDIES IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX Six Volumes Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company

MAN AND WOMAN London: Walter Scott New York: Charles Scribners' Sons

THE TASK OF SOCIAL HYGIENE London: Constable and Company Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company

IMPRESSIONS AND COMMENTS First and Second Series London: Constable and Company Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company


THE NEW HORIZON IN LOVE AND LIFE With a Preface by EDWARD CARPENTER and an Introduction by MARGUERITE TRACY London: A. and C. Black, Ltd.


A. & C. BLACK, LTD. 4, 5 & 6 SOHO SQUARE, LONDON, W. 1 1922

COPYRIGHT 1922 In Great Britain by A. and G. Black, Ltd., London In America by George H. Doran Co., New York


In these Essays little, indeed, as I know them to be, compared to the magnitude of their subjects I have tried to set forth, as clearly as I can, certain fundamental principles, together with their practical application to the life of our time. Some of these principles were stated, more briefly and technically, in my larger Studies of sex; others were therein implied but only to be read between the lines... Continue reading book >>

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