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Types of Great Literature free pdf Excerpt from Types of Great Literature "I cannot be interested in life- I care nothing for human being and their ideas and emotions." No one ever says just that. And yet that is just what is implied whenever any one says, as young people frequently say, "I am not interested in literature." The intended implication is, of course, that the speaker is not interested in literature but is interested in life, in people. But literature is life: life reflected in a crystal mirror, life not of the passing crowd merely, but of many epochs and of various lands, the teeming life, the many-colored character of man. Through it one may know ultimately some of the greatest minds that the race has produced, and through it, consequently, one's experience of life and human nature may be enriched as through no other means. Literature, moreover, is one of the supreme achievements by which a nation shows its greatness. When all else that counted for greatness has returned to dust and oblivion, that nation is called great and famous which has left the mark of its spirit upon posterity through great literature. Why does Europe still reverence the ancient Greeks? Why do English speaking people remember with pride "The spacious times of great Elizabeth"? The answer is found in the poets. Such thoughts as these impelled the editors of this book when they ransacked the ages for proper representatives of the several types of literature. Their problem was, within the covers of one volume, to supply an opportunity for direct acquaintance with masterpieces. To avoid elaborate historical outlines and critical entanglements, while at the same time ranging free from the cramping limits of periods and lands, they decided to present the material grouped according to types. The drama, the novel, and the short story are omitted because it is felt, on the one hand, that they cannot so well be represented by excerpts as some other types, and on the other hand, that they are far more readily accessible to the general reader. This book is an introduction. It does not pretend to be an Aladdins cave of inexhaustible treasure, nor yet a completely representative selection of the worlds literary gems. It is, rather, a gate, that gives upon the main highways of letters. The editors have sought in each of the several types to present what is excellent and representative- but they have sought, also, to present selections that would command the enthusiasm of impatient youth. They have kept in mind the generous spirit of those who are interested less in letters than in life. It is hoped that each reader will find at least one of the main highways leading from this gate sufficiently attractive to pursue beyond it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Percy Hazen Houston
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331626455
EAN : 9781331626459
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 556 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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