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Initiation into Literature   By: (1847-1916)

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Initiation into Literature by Émile Faguet is an insightful and engaging exploration of the world of literature. Faguet, a renowned French literary critic and professor, offers his readers a comprehensive guide to understanding and appreciating the various genres and forms of literature.

One of the strengths of this book is Faguet's clear and concise writing style. He presents complex ideas and concepts in a straightforward manner, making it accessible to readers with different levels of literary knowledge. This makes Initiation into Literature an ideal resource for both beginners and those looking to deepen their understanding of literature.

Faguet's approach to discussing literature is also refreshing. He encourages readers not to approach literature with preconceived notions or prejudices but to approach it with an open and receptive mind. He emphasizes the importance of reading widely and diversely, encouraging readers to explore various genres, cultures, and historical periods. This broad perspective makes his analysis of different literary works all the more enriching.

The book covers a wide range of topics, including the role of literature in society, the different genres of literature, and the significance of literary movements. Faguet's analysis of these topics is insightful and thought-provoking. He draws on a wealth of examples from classical to contemporary literature, illustrating his points with excerpts that illuminate the techniques and themes being discussed.

One of the standout aspects of Initiation into Literature is Faguet's ability to convey his enthusiasm for literature. His love and passion for the subject is evident in every chapter, making the reading experience enjoyable and inspiring. His enthusiasm is infectious, encouraging readers to delve deeper into the world of literature and explore new authors and works.

However, it is worth noting that Initiation into Literature was originally published in the early 20th century, and as a result, some of the examples and references may feel dated to a modern reader. Despite this, Faguet's insights and analysis remain relevant and valuable for anyone interested in discovering or deepening their appreciation for literature.

In conclusion, Initiation into Literature by Émile Faguet is a compelling and informative guide that provides readers with the necessary tools to explore and appreciate the world of literature. Faguet's clear writing style, broad perspective, and infectious enthusiasm make this book an invaluable resource for both beginners and seasoned readers alike. Whether you are just starting your literary journey or seeking to broaden your literary horizons, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in delving into the wonders of literature.

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The Translator begs to acknowledge with appreciation the courtesy of the Author in graciously consenting to make some valuable additions, at his request, specially for the English version.


This volume, as indicated by the title, is designed to show the way to the beginner, to satisfy and more especially to excite his initial curiosity. It affords an adequate idea of the march of facts and of ideas. The reader is led, somewhat rapidly, from the remote origins to the most recent efforts of the human mind.

It should be a convenient repertory to which the mind may revert in order to see broadly the general opinion of an epoch and what connected it with those that followed or preceded it. It aims above all at being a frame in which can conveniently be inscribed, in the course of further studies, new conceptions more detailed and more thoroughly examined.

It will have fulfilled its design should it incite to research and meditation, and if it prepares for them correctly.





The Vedas. Buddhist Literature. Great Epic Poems, then very Diverse, much Shorter Poems. Dramatic Literature. Moral Literature... Continue reading book >>

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