Song to Generations

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Автор:Сборник
Издателство:Seven Seas Publishers
Страници:267
Корици:меки
Година:1961
Броя:1
ISBN: Тегло (гр.): Формат: 115 / 165 Състояние: Мн. добро
Song to Generations

This book takes a fragment from
John Milton for its title: ...he
that now for haste snatches up a
plain ungarnished present as ...
thanks-offering ... may then per-
haps take up a harp and sing an
elaborate Song to generations...
Milton’s elaborate Song became
his epic poem Paradise host... It
is hoped readers find this title
apt for a book which aims to
bring lovers of English
fragments of "songs"
by over sixty of
the Masters
of English

***
CONTENTS
HUMAN FRAILTIES AS THEY SAW THEM
John Milton - John Bunyan Lady Mary Wortley Montagu • Henry Fielding David Crockett • Nathaniel Hawthorne William Makepeace Thackeray • Herman Melville
AS THEY SAW THEMSELVES
Benjamin Franklin • Robert Burns Washington Irving • Thomas de Quincey John Keats • Walt Whitman • Mark Twain
AS THEY SAW ONE ANOTHER 83
John Milton • John Dryden
William Wordsworth • William Hazlitt
Percy Bysshe Shelley • Thomas Carlyle
Ralph Waldo Emerson • Robert Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
Charlotte Brontë • Paul Laurence Dunbar
HUB OF THEIR UNIVERSE
Samuel Pepys • Daniel Defoe
Joseph Addison • Oliver Goldsmith
Thomas Babington Macaulay • Charles Dickens
AS THEY SAW THEIR WORLD
Sir Thomas More • John Milton Benjamin Banneker • Thomas Paine Thomas Jefferson • William Hazlitt George Gordon, Lord Byron William Cullen Bryant John Greenleaf Whittier • Theodore Parker Stephen Crane • Frederick Douglass Mark Twain • William Morris
THEIR THOUGHTS
ON MONEY AND THE MERCHANT
Jonathan Swift • Benjamin Franklin Robert Burns • William Hazlitt George Eliot • Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Jack London
ON LANGUAGE, LEARNING, THE ARTS
Francis Bacon • Richard Steele • Samuel Johnson James Boswell • Tobias George Smollett William Blake • William Wordsworth Jane Austen • Edgar Allan Poe Henry David Thoreau • Walt Whitman
ON WAR
Jonathan Swift • Tobias George Smollett Thomas Paine • Samuel T. Coleridge Abraham Lincoln • Walt Whitman John Ruskin
ON LOVE
Christopher Marlowe • William Shakespeare Ben Jonson • John Milton • Robert Burns William Blake • Charles Lamb • John Keats Emily Brontë • Elizabeth Barrett Browning Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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FOREWORD
No selection of writings that covers four centuries of literature will please everyone, and a reader may well complain of the omission of a favourite author or of a fragment not included that should have been preferred.

Such criticism must fall upon the editor who, having patterned the book, selected the authors and fragments which appear in it. The introductory notes to the various sections throw some light on what prompted the selection, although that is not their purpose. They were written to give information about the origin and time of the individual fragment, and occasionally to describe the circumstance of its writing.

The use of the word fragment as it pertains to this book is relative. In some instances, the text is complete and yet is no more than a fragment of the author’s vast accomplishment. In some cases, .however, the fragment is an excerpt taken from a particular work by a particular author.

It is hoped that the brevity of the individual selections will encourage the reader who knows the language through studies to read more widely in English; and that the variety of expression and phrasing will rekindle an awareness of the beauty of the English language in the reader born to it.

It is hoped that the reader will find common cause with *:hose whose thinking shines through these fragments. For it is not only beauty of language that has made these writings endure ; it is the thinking of the men and women who wrote them; thinking which spelled progress in its time.
And it is the combination of language and thought which has made these writers masters.

It is hoped that all who read the book will learn that there are many forms and many ways in which the great truths may be voiced: with passion and heart to stir our tears; by wit and satire to evoke our laughter; by honesty and undaunted courage to spur us to acknowledge these truths.

GERTRUDE GELBIN
Berlin

January, 1961

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