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familiar studies of men and books by robert louis stevenson preview

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ELECBOOK CLASSICS
Familiar Studies of
Men and Books
Robert Louis Stevenson
ISBN 1 84327 044 7
\u00a9The Electric Book Company 2001
The Electric Book Company Ltd
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Familiar Studies of Men and Books
Robert Louis Stevenson
Elecbook Classics
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PREFACE BY WAY OF CRITICISM. .................................................9 Chapter I\u2014VICTOR HUGO\u2019S ROMANCES....................................24 Chapter II\u2014SOME ASPECTS OF ROBERT BURNS....................51 Chapter III\u2014WALT WHITMAN........................................................90 Chapter IV\u2014HENRY DAVID THOREAU: HIS

CHARACTER AND OPINIONS.......................................................118 Chapter V\u2014YOSHIDA-TORAJIRO.................................................149 Chapter VI\u2014FRANCOIS VILLON, STUDENT, POET,

AND HOUSEBREAKER...................................................................164 Chapter VII\u2014CHARLES OF ORLEANS........................................197 Chapter VIII\u2014SAMUEL PEPYS.....................................................238 Chapter IX\u2014JOHN KNOX AND HIS RELATIONS TO

WOMEN...............................................................................................265
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Familiar Studies of Men and Books
Robert Louis Stevenson
Elecbook Classics
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PREFACE BY WAY OF CRITICISM.
HESE studies are collected from the monthly press. One
appeared in the New Quarterly, one inMacmillan\u2019s, and the

rest in theCornhill Magazine. To theCo rn hill I owe a double debt of thanks; first, that I was received there in the very best society, and under the eye of the very best of editors; and second, that the proprietors have allowed me to republish so considerable an amount of copy.

These nine worthies have been brought together from many different ages and countries. Not the most erudite of men could be perfectly prepared to deal with so many and such various sides of human life and manners. To pass a true judgment upon Knox and Burns implies a grasp upon the very deepest strain of thought in Scotland,\u2014a country far more essentially different from England than many parts of America; for, in a sense, the first of these men re-created Scotland, and the second is its most essentially national production. To treat fitly of Hugo and Villon would involve yet wider knowledge, not only of a country foreign to the author by race, history, and religion, but of the growth and liberties of art. Of the two Americans, Whitman and Thoreau, each is the type of something not so much realised as widely sought after among the late generations of their countrymen; and to see them clearly in a nice relation to the society that brought them forth, an author would require a large habit of life among modern Americans. As for Yoshida, I have already disclaimed responsibility; it was but my hand that held the pen.

In truth, these are but the readings of a literary vagrant. One
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