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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D, Vol. 4 of 12

To Which in Prefixed, an Essay on His Life and Genius; Containing Rambler, Vol. I (Classic Reprint)

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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D, Vol. 4 of 12 by Samuel Johnson
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Excerpt from The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D, Vol. 4 of 12: To Which in Prefixed, an Essay on His Life and Genius; Containing Rambler, Vol. I The epic writers have found the proemial part of the poem such an addition to their undertaking, that they have almost unanimously adopted the first lines of Homer, and the reader needs only be in formed of the subject, to know in what manner the poem will begin. But this solemn repetition is hitherto the peculiar distinction of heroic poetry it has never been le gally extended to the lower orders of literature, but seems to be considered as an hereditary privilege, to be enjoyed only by those who claim it from their alliance to the genius of Homer. The rules which the injudicious use of this pre rogative suggested to Home, may indeed be ap plied to the direction of candidates for inferior fame; it may be proper for all to remember, that they ought not to raise expectation which it is not in their power to satisfy, and that it is more pleas mg to see smoke brightening into flame, than flame sinking into smoke. This precept has been long received, both from regard to the authority of Horace, and its confor mity to the general opinion of the world yet there have been always some, that thought it no devia tion from modesty to recommend their own labours. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Release date NZ
August 8th, 2018
Pages
456
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140 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Forgotten Books
Dimensions
152x229x23
ISBN-13
9780243215058
Product ID
26642555

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