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Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 432 Volume 17, New Series, April 10, 1852 is a captivating collection of essays, short stories, and poems that provide insights into the social issues and cultural landscape of 19th century Britain. The diverse range of topics covered in this edition showcases the depth of knowledge and creativity of the various authors involved.

One of the standout pieces in this issue is a thought-provoking essay on the importance of education in society, highlighting the need for accessible learning opportunities for all individuals. The author's eloquent arguments and persuasive writing style make a compelling case for the value of education as a tool for social progress.

Additionally, the selection of short stories and poetry in this edition is both entertaining and emotionally moving. The stories delve into themes of love, loss, and human nature, offering readers a glimpse into the complexities of the human experience. The poetry, on the other hand, provides a beautiful and lyrical exploration of nature, morality, and the passage of time.

Overall, Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 432 Volume 17, New Series, April 10, 1852 is a must-read for anyone interested in British literature and history. The pieces included in this edition are both enlightening and entertaining, making it a valuable addition to any reader's collection.

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NO. 432. NEW SERIES. SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 1852. PRICE 1 1/2 d.


History is said to be a series of reactions. Society, like a pendulum, first drives one way, and then swings back in the opposite direction. At present, we may be said to be returning at full speed towards a taste for everything old, neglected, and for ages despised. Science and refinement have had their day, and now rude nature and the elemental are to be in the ascendant. In our boyhood, we learned the Roman alphabet; but youngsters now had need to add a knowledge of black letter, which is rapidly getting back into fashion. Perfection is only to be found in the darkness and ignorance of the middle ages.

It is proper, no doubt, to get rid of what is tame and spiritless in art; and it must be owned that nearly everything that was done in architecture and decoration during the Georgian era was detestable. But it is one thing to reform, and another to revolutionise. Let us by all means go to nature for instruction; but nature under the exercise of cultivated feeling selecting what tends to ennoble and refine, not that which degrades and sends us back to forms and ideas totally out of place in the nineteenth century, and which, for that very reason, can have nothing but a temporary reign, to be followed in the succeeding age by a violent reaction... Continue reading book >>

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