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de Quincey's Writings (Volume 17) (Paperback) Loot Price: R292
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de Quincey's Writings (Volume 17) (Paperback): Thomas De Quincey
de Quincey's Writings (Volume 17) (Paperback): Thomas De Quincey

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Thomas De Quincey

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: MILTON. [1839.] We have two ideas, which we are anxious to bring under public notice, with regard to Milton. The reader whom Providence shall send us will not measure the value of these ideas (we trust and hope) by their bulk. The reader indeed ? that great idea! ? is very often a more important person towards the fortune of an essay than the writer. Even ' the prosperity of a jest,' as Shakspeare tells us, lies less in its own merit than ' in the ear of him that hears it.' If he should happen to be unusually obtuse, the wittiest jest perishes ? the most pointed is found blunt. So, with regard to books, should the reader on whom we build prove a sandy and treacherous foundation, the whole edifice, ' temple and tower,' must come to the ground. Should it happen, for instance, that the reader, inflicted upon ourselves for our sins, belongs to that class of people who listen to books in the ratio of their much speaking ? find no eloquence in 32mo., and little force of argument except in such a folio as might knock him down upon occasion of his proving restive against its logic ? in that case he will despise our present essay. Will despise it ? He does despise it already : for already he sees that it is short. His contempt is a high a priori contempt: for he measures us by anticipation, and needs to wait VOL. II. 7 for no experience in order to vindicate his sentence against us. Yet, in one view, this brevity of an essayist does seem to warrant his reader in some little indignation. We, the writer, expect to bring over the reader to our opinion ? else wherefore do we write ? But, within so small a compass of ground, is it reasonable to look for such a result ? ' Bear witness to the presumption of this essay,' we hear the reader complaining : ' It measures about fourteen ...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Thomas De Quincey
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 74
ISBN-13: 978-1-4590-4379-4
Barcode: 9781459043794
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-4590-4379-0

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