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The Book-lover

A Guide to the Best Reading

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Author: James Baldwin
Published: 1885
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,265 / 141 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.6
Downloads: 1,584
Added to site: 2014.10.02
mnybks.net#: 31761
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
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rits, through the most sublime and enchanting regions,--regions which, to all that is lovely in the forms and colors of earth,

"Add the gleam, The light that never was on sea or land, The consecration and the poet's dream."

A motion of the hand brings all Arcadia to sight. The war of Troy can, at our bidding, rage in the narrowest chamber. Without stirring from our firesides, we may roam to the most remote regions of the earth, or soar into realms where Spenser's shapes of unearthly beauty flock to meet us, where Milton's angels peal in our ears the choral hymns of Paradise. Science, art, literature, philosophy,--all that man has thought, all that man has done,--the experience that has been bought with the sufferings of a hundred generations,--all are garnered up for us in the world of books. There, among realities, in a "substantial world," we move with the crowned kings of thought. There our minds have a free range, our hearts a free utterance. Reason is confined within none of the partitions

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