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By-ways in Book-land Short Essays on Literary Subjects   By: (1828-1891)

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By-ways in Book-land is a collection of short essays written by William Davenport Adams, exploring various literary subjects. In this compilation, Adams consolidates his vast knowledge and offers readers a delightful journey through the realms of literature.

One of the most remarkable aspects of By-ways in Book-land is Adams' ability to traverse different genres effortlessly. Whether it is poetry, drama, or fiction, Adams provides insightful analysis and commentary, making this book a treasure trove of literary appreciation. Each essay is meticulously crafted, showcasing not only Adams' deep understanding of the works discussed but also his passion for literature.

Adams takes readers through a diverse range of topics, including discussions on the major works of renowned authors, such as Shakespeare, Dickens, and Scott. His analysis not only sheds light on the significant themes and stylistic elements but also offers fresh perspectives, making readers see these timeless classics in a whole new light. The essays are comprehensive yet concise, making them accessible to both casual readers and those familiar with the works being explored.

What sets By-ways in Book-land apart from other collections of literary essays is Adams' ability to connect distinct works and authors, weaving a tapestry of intertextuality. He draws parallels between different works, identifying common themes, motifs, and even character archetypes. This adds a layer of depth to the essays, inviting readers to make connections between seemingly unrelated texts and deepen their understanding of literature as a whole.

Moreover, Adams' prose is elegant and captivating. His writing style is engaging, making the reading experience enjoyable. Each essay is well-structured, presenting ideas and arguments coherently. Adams' command over language and his ability to convey complex concepts in a relatable manner further enhances the overall reading experience.

However, one minor drawback of this collection is that some of the essays assume a certain level of familiarity with the works being discussed. While this may pose a challenge for readers who are new to these texts, it also acts as an incentive to delve deeper into the works and uncover the hidden layers that Adams brings to light.

In conclusion, By-ways in Book-land is a captivating and intellectually stimulating collection of essays by William Davenport Adams. The breadth of his literary knowledge and his ability to present insightful analysis make this book a valuable resource for literature enthusiasts. The essays encourage readers to explore the interconnectedness of different works, illuminating the nuances and timeless themes found in literature. Whether you are a seasoned reader or someone embarking on a literary journey, By-ways in Book-land is sure to enrich your understanding and appreciation of great literature.

First Page:

BY WAYS IN BOOK LAND.

BY WAYS IN BOOK LAND

Short Essays on Literary Subjects

BY WM. DAVENPORT ADAMS AUTHOR OF 'DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE,' ETC.

' Excursusque breves tentat. ' 'GEORGICS,' iv. 194.

LONDON ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW 1888

TO MY FATHER, W. H. DAVENPORT ADAMS, THIS LITTLE VOLUME Is Affectionately Inscribed.

In the following pages, the writer for the most part deals with small subjects in an unelaborate manner. He leaves the highways of literature, and strays into the fields and lanes, picking here a flower and there a leaf, and not going far at any time. There is no endeavour to explore with system, or to extend any excursion beyond a modest ramble. The author wanders at haphazard into paths which have attracted him, and along which, he hopes, the reader may be willing to bear him company.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

PAPER KNIFE PLEASURES 1

RUSKIN AS POET 10

ELECTIONS IN LITERATURE 19

FAMILIAR VERSE 28

SHAKESPEARE'S ENGLAND 36

HEREDITY IN SONG 44

STINGS FOR THE STINGY 51

DIALOGUES OF THE DEAD 59

SERMONS IN FLOWERS ... Continue reading book >>




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