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Penguin Persons & Peppermints   By: (1878-1957)

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PENGUIN PERSONS & PEPPERMINTS

BY WALTER PRICHARD EATON

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Essay Index Reprint Series

BOOKS FOR LIBRARIES PRESS FREEPORT, NEW YORK

First Published 1922 Reprinted 1969

STANDARD BOOK NUMBER: 8369 1288 8

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOG CARD NUMBER: 72 93335

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

To My Little Sister who was born just in time to know the old, quiet ways of life in their gentle decline to know and to love them

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Contents

Page Author's Foreword ix Penguin Persons 1 Spring Comes to Thumping Dick 18 The Passing of the Stage Sundial 33 On Singing Songs with One Finger 41 The Immorality of Shop windows 46 A Forgotten American Poet 51 New Poetry and the Lingering Line 65 The Lies We Learn in Our Youth 77 The Bad Manners of Polite People 87 On Giving Up Golf Forever 96 "Grape Vine" Erudition 108 Business Before Grammar 114 Wood Ashes and Progress 118 The Vacant Room in Drama 128 On Giving an Author a Plot 132 The Twilight Veil 136 Spring in the Garden 154 The Bubble, Reputation 168 The Old House on the Bend 180 Concerning Hat trees 184 The Shrinking of Kingman's Field 189 Mumblety peg and Middle Age 209 Barber Shops of Yesterday 229 The Button Box 234 Peppermints 239

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Author's Foreword

It is not a little unfortunate that no one can attempt the essay form nowadays, more especially that type of essay which is personal, reminiscent, "an open letter to whom it may concern," without being accused of trying to write like Charles Lamb. Of course, if we were ever accused of succeeding, that would be another story! There is, to be sure, no doubt that the gentle Elia impressed his form and method on all English writers who followed him, and still reaches out across a century to threaten with his high standards those who still venture into this pleasant and now so neglected field. Such are the rigors of triumphant gentleness. Still and he would have been the first to recognize the fact it is rather unfair to demand of every essayist the revelation of a personality like Lamb's. Fundamentally, all literature, even naturalistic drama, is the revelation of a personality, a point of view. But it is the peculiar flavor of the essay that it reveals an author through his chat about himself, his friends, his memories and fancies, in something of the direct manner of a conversation or a letter; and he himself feels, in writing, a delightful sense of intimacy with his future readers... Continue reading book >>




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