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De Libris: Prose and Verse   By: (1840-1921)

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De Libris: Prose and Verse by Austin Dobson is a delightful collection of literary musings, offering readers a glimpse into the author's profound love for books. With its insightful prose and captivating verse, this compilation takes us on an intimate journey through the realms of literature.

The book opens with Dobson's eloquent prose, where he delves into topics such as book collecting, libraries, and readership. His words resonate with bibliophiles, in particular, as he explores the allure of bookish friendships and the bookworm's joy in discovering hidden gems. Dobson's passion for literature shines through every line, drawing readers into a world of enchantment.

The collection also features Dobson's verse, which exhibits his mastery of rhyme and meter. Through his poems, we are transported to various literary landscapes, from Shakespearean plays and poetic tributes to amusing anecdotes and striking portraits of literary figures. With his adroit wordplay and clever allusions, Dobson proves himself a skillful wordsmith, captivating readers with his lyrical prowess.

What sets De Libris apart is not only the author's evident love for books but also his keen observations of the reader's experience. Dobson skillfully delves into the emotional impact that literature has on our lives, highlighting its ability to transport us to new worlds, challenge our perspectives, and leave an indelible mark on our hearts. By delving into the intricacies of literary consumption, the author offers profound insights into the transformative power of the written word.

Moreover, Dobson's work exhibits a deep respect for literary tradition. His admiration for classic authors and timeless works is palpable, adding an extra layer of richness to the collection. Through his appreciation and subtle nods to literary greats of the past, Dobson establishes himself as a worthy contributor to the literary world.

Although some readers may find the references and language somewhat dated, De Libris remains an engaging read that will undoubtedly resonate with those who share the author's passion for books. Whether one is a seasoned bibliophile or a casual reader, Dobson's elegant prose and evocative verse are sure to captivate and inspire, providing a delightful exploration of the joys and wonders that books offer.

In conclusion, De Libris: Prose and Verse is a heartfelt tribute to the power of literature, written by a passionate author who is deeply entrenched in the world of books. With its eloquent prose, skillful verse, and profound insights, this collection will nurture the love for reading that resides within every book lover's soul. Austin Dobson's work is a testament to the enduring magic of books, reminding us why literature continues to enrapture and enrich our lives.

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DE LIBRIS PROSE & VERSE

BY AUSTIN DOBSON

Vt Mel Os, sic Cor Melos afficit, & reficit. Deuteromelia .

A mixture of a Song doth ever adde Pleasure. BACON ( adapted ).

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON 1908

Copyright 1908 by The Macmillan Company

PROLOGUE

LECTOR BENEVOLE! FOR SO THEY USED TO CALL YOU, YEARS AGO, I CAN'T PRETEND TO MAKE YOU READ THE PAGES THAT TO THIS SUCCEED; NOR COULD I IF I WOULD EXCUSE THE WAYWARD PROMPTINGS OF THE MUSE AT WHOSE COMMAND I WROTE THEM DOWN.

I HAVE NO HOPE TO "PLEASE THE TOWN." I DID BUT THINK SOME FRIENDLY SOUL (NOT ILL ADVISED, UPON THE WHOLE!) MIGHT LIKE THEM; AND "TO INTERPOSE A LITTLE EASE," BETWEEN THE PROSE, SLIPPED IN THE SCRAPS OF VERSE, THAT THUS THINGS MIGHT BE LESS MONOTONOUS.

THEN, LECTOR, BE BENEVOLUS!

[ The Author desires to express his thanks to Lord Northcliffe, Messrs. Macmillan and Co., Messrs. Smith, Elder and Co., Mr. William Heinemann, and Messrs. Virtue and Co., for kind permission to reprint those pieces in this volume concerning which no specific arrangements were made on their first appearance in type. ]

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Prologue On Some Books And Their Associations An Epistle To An Editor Bramston's "Man Of Taste" The Passionate Printer To His Love M... Continue reading book >>




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