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The United States Magazine and Democratic Review (Volume 8) free pdf This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840. Excerpt: ... "Why, then," we ask in the language of a late writer, "why should we do what others have done well before, and be content at best with the praise of successful imitation? If an accomplished American travels, and records his adventures and the feelings to which they give birth, what can he say of the vestiges of antiquity which he visits, which has not been suggested before? He can, however, compare what he sees abroad with what he left at home, and communicate for the benefit of his countrymen, the result of such comparison. Is the historian to repeat the thrice-told tale of another people, when our own annals are imperfectly recorded. Is the poet to take up the burthen of a strain, with which the hills and groves of Europe have been vocal for ages, when nature in her unpolluted simplicity and grandeur, invites him to the festival of imaginative feeling, in the bosom of her ancient solitude? Is the novelist to describe manners which he can glean only from books, when our own are before him, undepicted, though rich in all the materials of satire, description and romance? Can the painter or sculptor find no symmetry in the vanishing forms of our aborigines- no historical incident which might live on the canvass- no worthy whose reverend image should be perpetuated in enduring marble." The literature of a nation is its common property, and one of the strongest bonds of common feeling. More particularly does it become so, when the subject is domestic. The fame of an author who is universally admired is part of the inheritance of every individual citizen of his country. He adds another ligament to the ties which bind a people together- and in so doing, although the immediate object of his effort may have been, to amuse his readers, he becomes the benefacto...


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Author : School Of Carnegie-Mellon University
Publisher : General Books
Data Published : January 2012
ISBN : 9781154431926
EAN : 9781313927147
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 232 pages
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Language : English
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