Swinnerton: An Autobiography

Swinnerton: An Autobiography

Swinnerton: An Autobiography

Swinnerton: An Autobiography

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"If the title and inscription offend your gravity, were it a sufficient justification to accuse others, I could produce many sober treatises, even sermons themselves, which in their fronts carry more phantastical names. Howsoever, it is a kind of policy in these days, to prefix a phantastical title to a book which is to be sold; for, as larks come down to a day-net, many vain readers will tarry and stand gazing like silly passengers at an antic picture in a painter's shop, that will not look at a judicious piece."

BURTON: The Anatomy of Melancholy.

"Writing, when properly managed (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation. As no one, who knows what he is about in good company, would venture to talk all;--so no author, who understands the just boundaries of decorum and good breeding, would presume to think all."

STERNE: Tristram Shandy.

"'Miss Bingley,' said he, 'has given me credit for more than can be. The wisest and best of men--nay, the wisest and best of their actions-- may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a . . .

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