Essay of a Delaware-Indian and English Spelling-Book:For the use of the schools of the Christian Indians on Muskingum River David Zeisberger
An Essay on Criticism is one of the first major poems written by the English writer Alexander Pope. It is the source of the famous quotations ´´To err is human, to forgive divine,´´ ´´A little learning is a dang'rous thing´´, and ´´Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.´´ Alexander Pope, (born May 21, 1688, London, England—died May 30, 1744, Twickenham, near London), poet and satirist of the English Augustan period, best known for his poems An Essay on Criticism (1711), The Rape of the Lock (1712–14); The Dunciad (1728), and An Essay on Man (1733–34). He is one of the most epigrammatic of all English authors. Pope’s father, a wholesale linen merchant, retired from business in the year of his son’s birth and in 1700 went to live at Binfield in Windsor Forest. The Popes were Roman Catholics, and at Binfield they came to know several neighbouring Catholic families who were to play an important part in the poet’s life. Pope’s religion procured him some lifelong friends, notably the wealthy squire John Caryll (who persuaded him to write The Rape of the Lock, on an incident involving Caryll’s relatives) and Martha Blount, to whom Pope addressed some of the most memorable of his poems and to whom he bequeathed most of his property. But his religion also precluded him from a formal course of education, since Catholics were not admitted to the universities. He was trained at home by Catholic priests for a short time and attended Catholic schools at Twyford, near Winchester, and at Hyde Park Corner, London, but he was mainly self-educated. He was a precocious boy, eagerly reading Latin, Greek, French, and Italian, which he managed to teach himself, and an incessant scribbler, turning out verse upon verse in imitation of the poets he read. The best of these early writings are the “Ode on Solitude” and a paraphrase of St. Thomas à Kempis, both of which he claimed to have written at age 12. Windsor Forest was near enough to London to permit Pope’s frequent visits there. He early grew acquainted with former members of John Dryden’s circle, notably William Wycherley, William Walsh, and Henry Cromwell. By 1705 his “Pastorals” were in draft and were circulating among the best literary judges of the day. In 1706 Jacob Tonson, the leading publisher of poetry, had solicited their publication, and they took the place of honour in his Poetical Miscellanies in 1709. This early emergence of a man of letters may have been assisted by Pope’s poor physique. As a result of too much study, so he thought, he acquired a curvature of the spine and some tubercular infection, probably Pott’s disease, that limited his growth and seriously impaired his health. His full-grown height was 4 feet 6 inches (1.4 metres), but the grace of his profile and fullness of his eye gave him an attractive appearance. He was a lifelong sufferer from headaches, and his deformity made him abnormally sensitive to physical and mental pain. Though he was able to ride a horse and delighted in travel, he was inevitably precluded from much normal physical activity, and his energetic, fastidious mind was largely directed to reading and writing.
John Locke is widely acknowledged as the most important figure in the history of English philosophy and An Essay Concerning Human Understanding is his greatest intellectual work, emphasising the importance of experience for the formation of knowledge. The Routledge Guidebook to Locke´s Essay Concerning Human Understanding introduces the major themes of Locke´s great book and serves as a companion to this key work, examining:The context of Locke´s work and the background to his writing Each part of the text in relation to its goals, meaning and impact The reception of the book when it was first seen by the world The relevance of Locke´s work to philosophy today, its legacy and influence With further reading suggested throughout, this text follows Locke´s original work closely, making it essential reading for all students of philosophy, and all those wishing to get to grips with this classic work.
This book is a practical, step-by-step guide to essay-writing for students of English. In seven fully illustrated chapters it leads the student through all the basic techniques essential to good essay-writing. These include: how to analyse essay questions; how to write an essay plan; how to construct persuasive arguments, well-structured paragraphs and convincing introductions and conclusions. There are also tips on how to avoid the most common mistakes of essay-writing and on how further to improve your essay-writing technique.
Andrea Levy, author of the Man Booker shortlisted novel The Long Song and the prize-winning, million-copy best seller Small Island, reads a remarkable collection of short stories from across her writing career, which began 20 years ago with the publication of her first novel, the semi-autobiographical Every Light in the House Burnin´. ´´None of my books is just about race,´´ Levy has said. ´´They´re about people and history.´´ Her novels have triumphantly given voice to the people and stories that might have slipped through the cracks in history. From Jamaican slave society in the 19th century, through post-war immigration into Britain, to the children of migrants growing up in ´60s London, her books are acclaimed for skilful storytelling and vivid characters. And her unique voice, unflinching but filled with humour, compassion, and wisdom, has made her one of the most significant and exciting contemporary authors. This collection opens with an essay about how writing has helped Andrea Levy to explore and understand her heritage. She explains the context of each piece within the chronology of her career and finishes with a new story, written to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. As with her novels, these stories are at once moving and honest, deft and humane, filled with insight, anger at injustice, and her trademark lightness of touch. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrea Levy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/head/000367/bk_head_000367_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Milan Kundera has established himself as one of the great novelists of our time with such books as The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, and The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. In Testaments Betrayed, he proves himself a brilliant defender of the moral rights of the artist and the respect due to a work of art and its creator´s wishes. The betrayal of both - often by their most passionate proponents - is the principal theme of this extraordinary work. Listeners will be particularly intrigued by Kundera´s impassioned attack on society´s shifting moral judgments and persecutions of art and artists, from Mayakovsky to Rushdie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graeme Malcolm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003159/bk_harp_003159_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Throughout history, artists and philosophers have cultivated the deep self and seen value in solitude and reflection. But today, through social media, wall-to-wall marketing, reality television and the agitation of modern life, everything feels illuminated, made transparent. We feel bereft without our phones and their cameras and the feeling of instant connectivity. It gets hard to pick up a book, harder still to stay with it. In this eloquent and profound essay, renowned critic Sebastian Smee brings to the surface the idea of inner life - the awareness one may feel in front of a great painting or while listening to extraordinary music by a window at dusk or in a forest at night. No nostalgic lament, this essay evokes what is valuable and worth cultivating - a connection to our true selves and a feeling of agency in the mystery of our own lives. At the same time, such contemplation puts us in an intensely charged relationship with things, people or works of art that are outside us. If we lose this power, Smee asks, what do we lose of ourselves? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marcello Fabrizi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/051667/bk_adbl_051667_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Krishnamurti and the Psychological Revolution (2017): Revised, Updated and Reformatted Edition is an essay on the unique teaching of J. Krishnamurti. It starts with the question ´´What is consciousness?´´ - and carefully proposes a holistic definition, after reviewing the various psychological and spiritual theories that deal with this subject. The author actually goes a step ahead and focuses on a more particular issue, a provocative question asked by K: ´´How to empty consciousness of its content?” When the author was part of a Krishnamurti circle in Switzerland back in 1986, he proposed to elucidate the matter with a keynote on the topic. An essay followed which was the core of the present book. Krishnamurti lectured that only a ´´psychological revolution´´ can lead man to a transformation of thought and taught that it was possible to ´´empty the content of consciousness´´ on an individual level so as to completely renew and transform our thought and emotional patterns, and to free us from self-restrictive and limitative conditioning. However, a careful examination of the question brought the author to the insight that consciousness cannot be emptied; what can be done instead is to integrate its content by the development of total awareness and vigilant attention. In other words, while the process of thought cannot be stopped, it is well possible to change the quality of our daily thoughts, of our self-talk and of our regard upon emotions. In this sense, it is true that, while we cannot change thought - because we need it for our cultural and technological progress - we can well change the thinker. And it is the latter what Krishnamurti meant by saying that we should ´´empty the content of consciousness.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Fritz Walter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/144712/bk_acx0_144712_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.