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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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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Sir Walter Scott – Thomas Carlyle

Born on December 4, 1795, Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, translator, historian, and mathematician before passing on  February 5, 1881.   He was a gifted lecturer who provided many varied insights during the Victorian age.  One … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Thackeray – Jonathan Swift

Interestingly, despite multiple searches, I came up empty on additional material about this essay written by Thackeray pertaining to Jonathan Swift. I will say that the essay was deemed sufficient to include it in the Harvard Classics and that it … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – On Old Age – Cicero

“The works of Nature must all be accounted good.” In approximately 44 BC, Cicero was starting to get a little older and thinking on things like older guys often do only more eloquently put.  From this resulted the essay, On Old … Continue reading

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Time Spent With The Harvard Classics: Sir Walter Scott – Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle lived from December 4, 1795 to February 5, 1881.  He was renown as a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist and teacher.  One of his most famous lectures was on the role of the Great Man or men who … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The American Scholar – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes throughout modern Western culture, if not elsewhere, important published essays begin their literary life as important speeches.  This is the case with many essays written by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  The particular essay we will look at today is The American … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Education of Women – Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy who lived from approximately 1660 to April 24, 1731.    Interestingly, only the Bible has been printed in more languages than his famous novel, Robinson Crusoe.  That being said, … Continue reading

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Time Spent On the Harvard Classics: Stonehenge – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s biggest long term influence in culture was first and foremost as the leader of the transcendentalist movement in mid-19th century America.  As such, he was seen as championing individualism and a leading critic of the pressures from … Continue reading

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