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1912. Illustrated. In a series of literary essays of fine distinction this well-known writer and critic pleads for the best in literature-not because it is the best, but because of its charm and comfort. These three books, Comfort Found in Good Old Books, Modern English Books of Power and Great Spiritual Writers of America, form an excellent survey of American, English and Classic authors. Contents: The Vital Quality in Literature; Macaulay's Essays in European History; Scott and His Waverly Novels; Carlyle as an Inspirer of Youth; DeQuincey as a Master of Style; Charles Lamb and the Essays of Elia; Dickens, the Foremost of Novelists; Thackeray, Greatest Master of Fiction; Charlotte Bronte; Her Two Great Novels; George Eliot and Her Two Great Novels; Ruskin, the Apostle of Art; Tennyson Leads the Victorian Writers; Browning, Greatest Poet Since Shakespeare; Meredith and a Few of His Best Novels; Stevenson, Prince of Modern Storytellers; Thomas Hardy; His Tragic Tales of Wessex; and Kipling's Best Short Stories and Poems.