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Literary Taste: How to Form It

Literary Taste: How to Form It by Arnold Bennett
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Arnold Bennett describes a method for enjoying literature, and suggests the contents of a comprehensive library. Chapters 1-10 and 14 describe his method for learning to enjoy literature. Chapters 11, 12, and 13 contain detailed lists of the 337 volumes required to complete a comprehensive library of English works. This reading is from the 1913 version at Project Gutenberg, and so does not contain the revisions made by Swinnerton for the 1939 edition, which included authors of the early Twentieth Century. Swinnerton’s revisions are available from Wikipedia.

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LITERARY TASTE: HOW TO FORM IT

With Detailed Instructions for Collecting a Complete Library of English Literature

by

ARNOLD BENNETT

1913

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I THE AIM

CHAPTER II YOUR PARTICULAR CASE

CHAPTER III WHY A CLASSIC IS A CLASSIC

CHAPTER IV WHERE TO BEGIN

CHAPTER V HOW TO READ A CLASSIC

CHAPTER VI THE QUESTION OF STYLE

CHAPTER VII WRESTLING WITH AN AUTHOR

CHAPTER VIII SYSTEM IN READING

CHAPTER IX VERSE

CHAPTER X BROAD COUNSELS

CHAPTER XI AN ENGLISH LIBRARY: PERIOD I

CHAPTER XII AN ENGLISH LIBRARY: PERIOD II

CHAPTER XIII AN ENGLISH LIBRARY: PERIOD III

CHAPTER XIV MENTAL STOCKTAKING

CHAPTER I

THE AIM

At the beginning a misconception must be removed from the path. Many people, if not most, look on literary taste as an elegant accomplishment, by acquiring which they will complete themselves, and make themselves finally fit as members of a correct society. They are secretly ashamed of their ignorance of literature, in the same way as they would be ashamed of their ignorance of etiquette at a high entertainment, or of their inability to ride a horse if suddenly called upon to do so... Continue reading book >>


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