720 XTF Search Results (subject=serial essay;subject-join=exact;smode=simple;brand=default;f1-date=1809);subject-join%3Dexact;smode%3Dsimple;brand%3Ddefault;f1-date%3D1809 Results for your query: subject=serial essay;subject-join=exact;smode=simple;brand=default;f1-date=1809 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:00:00 GMT The Scribbler. No. I. Brown, Charles Brockden I have often been struck by the different value which men annex to their own literary productions, and to those of others. It is not simply that the fame and success of our own performance is dear to us, that we wish it to be read, studied and admired for the sake of being extolled or revered by others, as the authors of so much eloquence or wisdom. We feel unspeakable compla- cency and satisfaction in the survey of the work; review it fre- quently and with new pleasure, and when it has been laid aside or disappeared so long as to be nearly forgotten, we fasten upon in anew with the utmost eagerness, and give it a dozen succes- sive readings without satiety or weariness. Sun, 01 Jan 1809 12:00:00 GMT The Scribbler. No. II. Brown, Charles Brockden Those who write without affording any pleasure except to them- selves may be aptly distinguished by the name of Scribblers, but what name shall we confer on those who read with the same limited effects; without being inclined or enabled by their reading to please or benefit others? Wed, 01 Feb 1809 12:00:00 GMT The Scribbler. No. III. Brown, Charles Brockden Ridicule, says some one, is the test of truth. If we judge by the ordinary practice of mankind, this opinion seems to be generally adopted, for nothing is more common than to use this weapon against those whose conduct or opinions, we disapprove; yet, why this opinion has been sanctioned by the approbation of all, and the practice of as many as are qualified for the undertaking, I am quite at a loss to con- ceive. The purpose which ridicule designs to effect is laughter, and the means adopted for this end are universally, an aggravation, dis- tortion, or concealment of the truth. It is absolutely necessary to heigh- ten the natural colours of most objects, to enlarge their proper linea- ments and features, or to show some of them disconnected with others, which are their genuine attendants, in order to render them ridiculous. If we examine any instance of ridicule, either in books, or conversa- tion, we shall not fail to find it such as I have mentioned. If we are acquainted with the original of which the lu... Sat, 01 Apr 1809 12:00:00 GMT The Scribbler. No. IV. Brown, Charles Brockden There are a great many wise sayings current on the worthless- ness of wealth and power; or rather on their positive and universal tendency to injure the possessor, to deprave his morals and subvert his happiness. Judging from the invectives of the teachers of mankind, one would think that rank, office, and riches would be as sedulously avoided, by those who desire to be happy, as any other road to ruin. Yet no one seems to be the better for these admonitions. People tug at the oar as strenuously, they manage the helm as vigilantly as ever, of that bark, by which they expect to gain the haven of riches and power. Mon, 01 May 1809 12:00:00 GMT The Scribbler. No. V. Brown, Charles Brockden Your countrymen, said a splenetic friend of mine, who has travel- led a good deal in America, are a nation of readers. Taking one with another, a far greater number of the people devote some of their time to reading, than of any other nation of the world. In Great Britain, France, and Germany, those who do, or who can read, bear a very small proportion to the rest. They are scarcely one in twenty; but in America almost every man is a student. Sat, 01 Jul 1809 12:00:00 GMT The Scribbler, No. VI. Brown, Charles Brockden The writers of periodical essays frequently confess themselves very much at a loss for a subject. This is a little surprising to those who consider the essential and unlimited variety of human thought, and even those who prescribe to themselves a task of this kind, while they are often sensible of this difficulty, cannot but wonder that it should ever prove to be such. Even when they narrow their view, from the consideration of subjects in general, to that of subjects proper for them to discuss, the variety is still inexhaustible. Tue, 01 Aug 1809 12:00:00 GMT