Synopses & Reviews
This collection, spanning four centuries of English wit, wisdom, and common sense, contains the thoughts of a number of renowned masters of the essay. From Francis Bacon--the English author who reputedly imported the genre from France, to literary critic, mystery writer, and social commentator G. K. Chesterton, more than twenty writers express their views on such subjects as walking, writing, traveling, sleeping, pets, friends, and childhood.
Included among the literary offerings are "Sir Roger de Coverley at Spring-Garden" by Joseph Addison, "A Meditation Upon a Broomstick" by Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson's "Dick Minim the Critic," as well as compositions by Oliver Goldsmith, Charles Lamb, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw, and other noted authors.
The works are presented chronologically and original publication dates are given where available.
English essays spanning four centuries are featured in this very affordably priced volume. Included are such classics as Bacon's "On Love" and "Of Ambition"; Addison's "A Vision of Justice"; Goldsmith's "National Prejudices"; Lamb's "The Superannuated Man"; Chesterton's "A Defence of Nonsense"; Swift's "A Modest Proposal"; plus works by Belloc, Hazlitt, Steele, and others.
Essays spanning 4 centuries reflect the wit, wisdom, and common sense of a number of distinguished English writers. Included are Addison's "Sir Roger de Coverley at Spring-Garden," Swift's "A Meditation Upon a Broomstick," Johnson's "Dick Minim the Critic," plus compositions by Oliver Goldsmith, Charles Lamb, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw, and others.
Essays spanning 4 centuries reflect the wit, wisdom, and common sense of a number of distinguished English writers. Includes works by Addison, Swift, Johnson, Goldsmith, Lamb, Woolf, Shaw, and others.
About the Author
Bob Blaisdell is professor of English at the City University of New York's Kingsborough Community College and the editor of twenty-two Dover literature and poetry collections.
Table of Contents
The Good Schoolmaster
A Meditation on a Broomstick, According to the Style and Manner of the Hon. Robert Boyle's Meditations
A Modest Proposal
Sir Roger de Coverley at Spring-Garden
The Tory Fox-Hunter
Meditations in Westminster Abbey
Recollections of Childhood
Dick Minim the Critic
Sir Joshua Reynolds
The Character of an Important Trifler, Beau Tibbs
The Character of the Trifler Continued: with That of His Wife, His House, and Furniture
Parents and Their Children
Mrs. Battle's Opinions on Whist
A Bachelor's Complaint of the Behaviour of Married People
The Superannuated Man
On Familiar Style
On Going a Journey
A Few Thoughts on Sleep
Getting Up on Cold Mornings
William Makepeace Thackeray
A Walk in a Wood
The Clouds Are There
John Addington Symonds
W. H. Hudson
Her Own Village
Dandy: A Story of a Dog
Fellow Travellers with a Bird
The UnreadyRichard Jefferies The July Grass
Robert Louis Stevenson
Notes on the Movements of Young Children
George Bernard Shaw
On Pleasure Bent
G. K. Chesterton
A Defence of Skeletons
A Defence of Nonsense
Hours in a Library
D. H. Lawrence