The Works Of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Volume 3); Society

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The book may have numerous typos or missing text. It is not illustrated or indexed. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from the publisher's website. You can also preview the book there.
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Volume: 3
Original Publisher: G. Bell

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780217375504
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/11/2010
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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manners,—and some very bad ones,—in the early days of the Empire : but Martial must be read, if read at all, in his own tongue. These will bring him to Gibbon, who will take him in charge, and convey him with abundant entertainment down — with notice of all remarkable objects on the way—through fourteen hundred years of time. He cannot spare Gibbon, with his vast reading,— with such wit and continuity of mind, that, though never profound, his book is one of the conveniences of civilization, like the new railroad from ocean to ocean,—and, I think, will be sure to send the reader to his " Memoirs of Himself," and the " Extracts from my Journal," and " Abstracts of my Readings," which will spur the laziest scholar to emulation of his prodigious performance. Now having our idler safe down as far as the fall of Constantinople in 1453, he is in very good courses ; for here are trusty hands waiting for him. The cardinal facts of European history are soon learned. There is Dante's poem, to open the Italian Republics of the Middle Age ; Dante's " Vita Nuova," to explain Dante and Beatrice ; and Boccaccio's " Life of Dante,"—a great man to describe a greater. To help us, perhaps a volume or two of M. Sismondi's " Italian Republics " will be as good as the entire sixteen. When we come to Michel Angelo, his Sonnets and Letters must be read, with his Life by Vasari, or, in our day, by Hermann Grimm. For the Church, and the Feudal Institution, Mr. Hallam's " Middle Ages " will furnish, if superficial, yet readable and conceivable outlines. The " Life of the Emperor Charles V.," by the useful Robertson, is still the key of the following age. Ximenes,Columbus, Loyola, Luther, Erasmus, Melanchthon, Francis I., Henry VIII., Elizabeth, and Henry IV. of France, are his contemporaries. It is a ...
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