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Charles Dickens

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G. K. Chesterton


G. K. Chesterton was a great admirer of Charles Dickens, and wrote a noted critique of Dickens' works expressing his opinion in his own inim…

Robert Browning

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G. K. Chesterton


There is an old anecdote, probably apocryphal, which describes how a feminine admirer wrote to Browning asking him for the meaning of one of…

Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

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G. K. Chesterton


“These papers were originally published as prefaces to the separate books of Dickens in one of the most extensive of those cheap libraries o…

Margaret of Angoulême, Queen of Navarre

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Agnes Mary Frances Robinson


Margaret of Angoulême, Queen of Navarre (Marguerite de Navarre), (1492-1549), was the sister of Francis I, King of France. She was hig…

Prejudices, First Series

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H. L. Mencken


Mencken sharpens his pen and in a collection of short essays delivers acerbic opinions on issues and persons of the time. Among his targets…

Ein Vade mecum für den Hrn. Sam. Gotth. Lange Pastor in Laublingen

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing


Lessings Kritik an der Horazübersetzung des seinerzeit bekannten Pastors Lange ist unerbittlich und von fast brutaler Genauigkeit. Aus …

Emily Brontë

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Agnes Mary Frances Robinson


Emily Brontë (1818-1848) is best known for her only novel, "Wuthering Heights." She was born in Yorkshire, northern England, …

Elizabethan Demonology

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Thomas Alfred Spalding


Elizabethan Demonology: An Essay in Illustration of the Belief in the Existence of Devils, and the Powers Possessed By Them, as It Was Gene…

Portraits of Russian Poets

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Ilya Ehrenburg


«Портреты русских поэтов»: Ахматова, Бальмонт, Балтрушайтис, Блок, Брюсов, Белый, Волошин, Есенин, Иванов, Мандельштам, Маяковск…

Six lectures on literature

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Charles Harold Herford


Six lectures on literary topics by C. H. Herford, delivered at public venues during his tenure as Professor of English Literature at the Vic…

An Essay on Criticism (version 2)

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Alexander Pope


The title, An Essay on Criticism hardly indicates all that is included in the poem. It would have been impossible to give a full and exact i…

Essays and Literary Studies

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Stephen Leacock


A collection of wry looks at literature, education, and other social phenomena by Canadian humourist and economics professor, Stephen Leacoc…

Ars Poetica and Carmen Saeculare

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Quintus Horatius Flaccus


The Ars Poetica, by Horace, also known as Epistula ad Pisones, is a treatise on poetry written in the form of a letter, and published around…

The Art of Fiction

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Henry James


A lecture on the art of fiction, given by the English critic Walter Besant on April 25, 1884, and an answer to the lecture by American write…

The Novels of Jane Austen

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George Henry Lewes


An 1859 essay by the prominent philosopher and literary critic, G. H. Lewes, who was an enthusiastic promoter of the novels of Jane Austen a…

The Welsh And Their Literature

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George Borrow


Originally an article in the US Edition of the London Quarterly Review, George Borrow offers a sweeping history of Welsh literature, beginni…

Essays on Modern Novelists

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William Lyon Phelps


A collection of essays on 19th century novelists, both famous ones and those largely forgotten now. Among the writers presented most wrote i…

Old and New Masters

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Robert Lynd


Jane Austen, WB Yeats, Chesterton, Shaw... these are personal and intelligent short essays on a selection of great (and great-ish) writers: …

Companionable Books

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Henry van Dyke


Many books are dry and dusty, there is no juice in them; and many are soon exhausted, you would no more go back to them than to a squeezed o…

Über Matthissons Gedichte

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Friedrich Schiller


Wenn man unter Poesie überhaupt die Kunst versteht, „uns durch einen freien Effekt unserer produktiven Einbildungskraft in bestimmte Em…

On the Sublime

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Unknown


This is a classical text on aesthetics and proper style in writing and rhetoric, including commentary on various ancient Greek works such as…

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