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The Lost Art of Reading   By: (1862-1944)

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The Lost Art of Reading


Gerald Stanley Lee

Author of "The Shadow Christ" (A Study of the Hebrew Poets) and "About an Old New England Church" "A Little History"


New York and London The Knickerbocker Press





Published, November, 1902 Reprinted January 1903

The Knickerbocker Press, New York




BOOK I INTERFERENCES WITH THE READING HABIT CIVILISATION I Dust II Dust III Dust to Dust IV Ashes V The Literary Rush VI Parenthesis To the Gentle Reader VII More Parenthesis But More to the Point VIII More Literary Rush IX The Bugbear of Being Well Informed A Practical Suggestion X The Dead Level of Intelligence XI The Art of Reading as One Likes THE DISGRACE OF THE IMAGINATION I On Wondering Why One Was Born II The Top of the Bureau Principle THE UNPOPULARITY OF THE FIRST PERSON SINGULAR I The First Person a Necessary Evil II The Art of Being Anonymous III Egoism and Society IV i I = We V The Autobiography of Beauty THE HABIT OF NOT LETTING ONE'S SELF GO I The Country Boy in Literature II The Subconscious Self III The Organic Principle of Inspiration THE HABIT OF ANALYSIS I If Shakespeare Came to Chicago II Analysis Analysed LITERARY DRILL IN COLLEGE I Seeds and Blossoms II Private Road: Dangerous III The Organs of Literature IV Entrance Examinations in Joy V Natural Selection in Theory VI Natural Selection in Practice VII The Emancipation of the Teacher VIII The Test of Culture IX Summary X A Note LIBRARIES. WANTED: AN OLD FASHIONED LIBRARIAN I viz. II cf. III et al. IV etc. V O

BOOK II POSSIBILITIES I The Issue II The First Selection III Conveniences IV The Charter of Possibility V The Great Game VI Outward Bound

BOOK III DETAILS. THE CONFESSIONS OF AN UNSCIENTIFIC MIND I UNSCIENTIFIC I On Being Intelligent in a Library II How It Feels III How a Specialist Can Be an Educated Man IV On Reading Books Through their Backs V On Keeping Each Other in Countenance VI The Romance of Science VII Monads VIII Multiplication Tables II READING FOR PRINCIPLES I On Changing One's Conscience II On the Intolerance of Experienced People III On Having One's Experience Done Out IV On Reading a Newspaper in Ten Minutes V General Information VI But III READING DOWN THROUGH I Inside II On Being Lonely with a Book III Keeping Other Minds Off IV Reading Backwards IV READING FOR FACTS I Calling the Meeting to Order II Symbolic Facts III Duplicates: A Principle of Economy V READING FOR RESULTS I The Blank Paper Frame of Mind II The Usefully Unfinished III Athletics VI READING FOR FEELINGS I The Passion of Truth II The Topical Point of View VII READING THE WORLD TOGETHER I Focusing II The Human Unit III The Higher Cannibalism IV Spiritual Thrift V The City, the Church, and the College VI The Outsiders VII Reading the World Together

BOOK IV WHAT TO DO NEXT I See Next Chapter II Diagnosis III Eclipse IV Apocalypse V Every Man His Own Genius VI An Inclined Plane VII Allons

Book I

Interferences with the Reading Habit

The First Interference: Civilisation



"I see the ships," said The Eavesdropper, as he stole round the world to me, "on a dozen sides of the world... Continue reading book >>

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