Prose of Yesterday - Dickens to Galsworthy
by Guy Boas (9781406747287)

Prose of Yesterday - Dickens to Galsworthy
Guy Boas
Release Date: 01 March 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Category: Literature & Literary Studies
ISBN: 9781406747287
ISBN-10: 1406747289

THE SCHOLARS LIBRARY General Editor Guv BOAS, M. A. PROSE OF YESTERDAY PROSE OF YESTERDAY DICKENS TO GALSWORTHY Selected and Edited by GUY BOAS, M. A. Headmaster of Shane School, formerly Senior English Master, St. Pauls School MAGMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED ST. MARTINS STREET, LONDON 1937 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS THE compiler wishes to acknowledge his indebted ness to the following, who have kindly given permis sion for the use of the copyright material contained in this volume Messrs. J. W. Arrowsmith London, Ltd., for Packing, from Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome the Executors of the late Arnold Bennett for The Potters Craft, from Anna of the FiveTowns Messrs. Jonathan Cape, Ltd., for The Rights of Animals, from Erewhon, by Samuel Butler the Trustees to the Conrad Estate and Messrs. Wm. Blackwood Sons, Ltd., for Jim, from Lord Jim Messrs. Constable Co., Ltd., for The Punishment of Shahpesh, from The Shaving of Shagpat, by George Meredith Messrs. Gerald Duckworth Co., Ltd., for The Great Forest, from After London, by Richard Jefferies the Executors of the late Sir Arthur Gonaii Doyle and Messrs. Hodder Stoughton, Ltd., for Pterodactyls, from The Lost World the Executors of the late John Galsworthy and Messrs. Wm. Heine mann, Ltd., for The Hondekoeter, from On Forsyte Change the Executors of the late Thomas Hardy for Egdon Heath, from The Return of the Native the Trustees to the Jowett Estate and the Clarendon Press, Oxford, for The Future Life, from the Intro duction to the Phaedo Messrs. Longmans Green Co., Ltd., for The Battle of Cannae, from Carthage and the Carthaginians, by R. Bosworth Smith Mr. Lloyd Osbournc for The Yellow Paint, from Fables, by v ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Robert LouisStevenson the representatives of Walter Pater for La Gioconda, from The Renaissance the Proprietors of Punch for The Happy Thinker is Galled, from Happy Thoughts by Sir Francis Burnand and Mr. Henry T. Weyman and Messrs. John Murray for The Kings Stratagem, from In Kings Byways, by the late Stanley Weyman. FOREWORD To the celebrated reaction against all things Vic torian, including Victorian literature, another reaction has now set in. Perhaps we have learnt the lesson of becoming modesty. Perhaps when we survey what the twentieth century has been able to write in the way of books, now that a third of that century has already passed, we begin to see the magnitude of the Victorian literary achievement in its proper light. There were giants in the earth in those days. It is true that the reigns of Edward VII and George V saw the pub lication of some classic works, but it is a further cause for modesty that even these classics were mostly the work of writers whose initial success was while the Queen was still alive. No one would think of Kipling or Galsworthy or Arnold Bennett, or even Thomas Hardy, as Victorian yet no one of them was born after 1867, and the Queen did not die till 1901. Not only were there giants then, but Titans too, and even mere mortals, such as Anna Sewell, Francis Burnand, Jerome K. Jerome, Thomas Hughes, Stanley Weyman, Conan Doyle, who, if they hardly rank as great masters of literature, were capable of writing books which have an obstinate knack of sur viving the profusion of immortal masterpieces which, according at any rate to the advertisements, have been pouring from the printing-press ever since. The books written in every generation must naturally andrightly make a special appeal to the vii FOREWORD members of their own generation only by reading our proper share of current literature can we keep our minds fresh and abreast of the times...

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