How to Fail in Literature: A Lecture

How to Fail in Literature: A Lecture

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How to Fail in Literature: A Lecture

How to Fail in Literature: A Lecture

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How to Fail in Literature: A Lecture

$19.99 $9.99
Author: Lang, Andrew,1844-1912
Format: eBook
Language: English

How to Fail in Literature: A Lecture

This Lecture was delivered at the South Kensington Museum, in aid of the College for Working Men and Women. As the Publishers, perhaps erroneously, believe that some of the few authors who were not present may be glad to study the advice here proffered, the Lecture is now printed. It has been practically re-written, and, like the kiss which the Lady returned to Rodolphe, is revu, corrig, et considerablement augment. A. L. What should be a mans or a womans reason for taking literature as a vocation, what sort of success ought they to desire, what sort of ambition should possess them? These are natural questions, now that so many readers exist in the world, all asking for something new, now that so many writers are making their pens in running to devour the way over so many acres of foolscap. The legitimate reasons for enlisting (too often without receiving the shilling) in this army of writers are not far to seek. A man may be convinced that he has useful, or beautiful, or entertaining ideas within him, he may hold that he can express them in fresh and charming language. He may, in short, have a vocation, or feel conscious of a vocation, which is not exactly the same thing. There are many thyrsus bearers, few mystics, many are called, few chosen. Still, to be sensible of a vocation is something, nay, is much, for most of us drift without any particular aim or predominant purpose. Nobody can justly censure people whose chief interest is in letters, whose chief pleasure is in study or composition, who rejoice in a fine sentence as others do in a well modelled limb, or a delicately touched landscape, nobody can censure them for trying their fortunes in literature. Most of them will fail, for, as the booksellers young man told an author once, they have the poetic temperament, without the poetic power. Still among these whom Pendennis has tempted, in boyhood, to run away from school to literature as Marryat has tempted others to run away to sea, there must be some who will succeed. But an early and intense ambition is not everything, any more than a capacity for taking pains is everything in literature or in any art. ......Buy Now (To Read More)

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Ebook Number: 2566
Author: Lang, Andrew
Release Date: Mar 1, 2001
Format: eBook
Language: English

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