Tag Archives: Essay

Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Stevenson – Samuel Pepys

In 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson published a memorable essay on the life of Samuel Pepys.  Pepys was an administrator of England’s navy and Parliamentarian who was also famous for keeping a remarkable diary for a decade while relatively young.  He … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Pascal – Discourse On the Passion of Love

We have previously discussed the life and legacy of Blaise Pascal.  This being Valentine’s Day, it seems there might be no better time than today to introduce his Discourse On the Passion of Love. Discourse on the Passion of Love may … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Voltaire – Letters On the English

We have previously looked at the life and legacy of Voltaire.  Please review this information elsewhere on this blog.  Letters on the English or Letters Concerning the English Nation is a series of essays written by Voltaire on his living in … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Thomas Carlyle – Characteristics

Born on December 4, 1795, Scottish philosopher, writer, essayist, historian , mathematician and teacher Thomas Carlyle was considered one of the most important social commentators in the Victorian era.    Aloha Promises Forever as previously discussed Carlyle’s life and legacy … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Poe – The Poetic Principle

Aloha Promises Forever has previously discussed the life and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.  Please refer to these posts for further background.  For now, suffice it to say that Poe was born on January 19, 1809.  He passed away on … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Edmund Burke – On Taste

Edmund Burke was born on  January 12, 1729   Aloha Promises Forever has previously discussed the life and legacy of Edmund Burke elsewhere on our post pages.  Please review these for a fuller background on this gentleman. The essay On Taste  … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: What Is a Classic? – Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

The French literary critic Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve was born December 23, 1804 and passed away on October 13, 1869.  His essay What Is A Classic I considered just that… a classic of western thought. What Is A Classic may be read here: … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Joseph Addison – The Vision of Mizra and Westminster Abbey

On May 1, 1672, English essayist, poet, playwright and politician Joseph Addison was born.  He passed away on June 17, 1719.  Along with his friend, Richard Steele, he co-founded The Spectator magazine. The Vision of Mizra and Westminster Abbey may be read here: http://www.bartleby.com/27/5.htmlContinue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Jonathan Swift – Hints Toward An Essay On Conversation

Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667   Swift has sailed into his rest; Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast. Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveller; he Served human liberty. – Yeats We have previously discussed the … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: On the Tragedies of Shakespeare Considered – Charles Lamb

The English Essayist and poet Charles Lamb was born on February 10, 1775.  He lived until December 27, 1834.  In the days of his life, he became best known for his Essays of Elia, Tales of Shakespeare and this essay On the Tragedies … Continue reading

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