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Author: G.K. Chesterton
Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,223 / 120 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.6
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 1,452
Added to site: 2006.03.22
mnybks.net#: 13088
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Audiobook

Charlotte Brontė
William Morris And His School
The Optimism Of Byron
Pope And The Art Of Satire
Francis
Rostand
Charles II.
Stevenson
Thomas Carlyle
Tolstoy And The Cult Of Simplicity
Savonarola
The Position Of Sir Walter Scott
Bret Harte
Alfred The Great
Maeterlinck
Ruskin
Queen Victoria
The German Emperor
Tennyson
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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g the circumstances, be called triumphant. Our carpets began to bloom under our feet like the meadows in spring, and our hitherto prosaic stools and sofas seemed growing legs and arms at their own wild will. An element of freedom and rugged dignity came in with plain and strong ornaments of copper and iron. So delicate and universal has been the revolution in domestic art that almost every family in England has had its taste cunningly and treacherously improved, and if we look back at the early Victorian drawing-rooms it is only to realise the strange but essential truth that art, or human decoration, has, nine times out of ten in history, made things uglier than they were before, from the "coiffure" of a Papuan savage to the wall-paper of a British merchant in 1830.

But great and beneficent as was the æsthetic revolution of Morris, there was a very definite limit to it. It did not lie only in the fact that his revolution was in truth a reaction, though this was a partial explanation of his parti

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