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Modern Essays

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  • Format:Kindle eBook
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Kindle Edition
  • Edition:1
  • Pages:368
  • Publication Date:December 12, 2011
  • ASIN:B006LMGS7K

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MODERN ESSAYS

SELECTED BY CHRISTOPHER MORLEY

Author: John Macy
William Allen White
Rupert Brooke
Don Marquis
David W. Bone
William McFee
Joyce Kilmer
Joseph Conrad
A. P. Herbert
O. W. Firkins
Hilaire Belloc
William Osler
Stephen Leacock
Harry Morgan Ayres
Thomas Burke
A. A. Milne
Max Beerbohm
Stuart P. Sherman
H. M. Tomlinson
Louise Imogen Guiney
Stewart Edward White
Marian Storm
George Santayana
Simeon Strunsky
George Saintsbury
Bertrand Russell
Philip Guedalla
Robert Palfrey Utter
Logan Pearsall Smith
James Branch Cabell
Robert Cortes Holliday
Harry Esty Dounce
Heywood Broun

IT had been my habit, I am now aware, to speak somewhat lightly of the labors of anthologists: to insinuate that they led lives of bland sedentary ease. I shall not do so again. When the publisher suggested a collection of representative contemporary essays, I thought it would be the most lenient of tasks. But experience is a fine aperitive to the mind.
Indeed the pangs of the anthologist, if he has conscience, are burdensome. There are so many considerations to be tenderly weighed; personal taste must sometimes be set aside in view of the general plan; for every item chosen half a dozen will have been affectionately conned and sifted; and perhaps some favorite pieces will be denied because the authors have reasons for withholding permission. It would be enjoyable (for me, at any rate) to write an essay on the things I have lingered over with intent to include them in this little book, but have finally sacrificed for one reason or another. How many times—twenty at least—I have taken down from my shelf Mr. Chesterton's The Victorian Age in Literature to reconsider whether his ten pages on Dickens, or his glorious summing-up of Decadents and Æsthetes, were not absolutely essential. How many times I have palpitated upon certain passages in The Education of Henry Adams and in Mr. Wells's Outline of History, which, I assured myself, would legitimately stand as essays if shrewdly excerpted.

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