A Book of Modern Essays

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ON JARGON*

SIR A. T. QUILLER-COUCH

(Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch was born in Cornwall in 1863. This Celtic blood of his was a guarantee that if he should turn to writing, he was bound to become a writer of romances. And so he did. Beginning with Dead Man's Rock in 1877, he has devoted the greater part of his life to romantic fiction. Other occupations, however, have claimed him from time to time. After graduating from Trinity College, Oxford, he lectured there on the classics for a year. Then he went up to London, and was connected with The Speaker until this organ of opinion perished in 1899. Meanwhile he had issued a volume of Poems and Ballads in 1896. In 1910 he was asked to edit the Oxford Book of Ballads. Two years later he edited the Oxford Book of Victorian Verse, which has found its place as a worthy supplement to Palgrave's Golden Treasury.

So, when in the same year, the King Edward the Seventh professorship of English literature was established at Cambridge University, the only surprising element in the choice of Quiller- Couch to fill it was that he was an Oxford man. This professorship was the first for the study of their own literature to be established at the historic English universities. And the innovation of its founding was paralleled by that of going outside academic walls for its occupant. The choice was more than satisfactory. Quiller-Couch, who had practised literature as well as read widely among its classic authors, and who brought to its study a Celtic freshness of temperament, was found both informative and urbane as a lecturer. If for his theories and

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From On the Art of Writing. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1916.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction v
  • Contents ix
  • "Highbrow" and "Lowbrow" 1
  • What is a Puritan? 17
  • Portrait of a Family 45
  • The Norwegian Migration to America 63
  • The West and American Ideals 79
  • The Once Open Road 101
  • Sentimental America 113
  • Louisiana: (Madame de la Louisiane) 127
  • Fez 141
  • The Rhythm of Life 147
  • Summer 153
  • On an Unknown Country 161
  • Ideals and Day-Dreams 169
  • Castles in Spain 187
  • Science and the Faith of the Modern 201
  • On Friendship 219
  • A Relic 225
  • The Cheerful Breakfast Table 235
  • Conversation 249
  • Trivia 259
  • On Jargon 265
  • Names Practical and Poetic 285
  • The American Language 297
  • What the American Rhodes Scholar Gets from Oxford 321
  • Literary Taste 339
  • Dickens 347
  • The Vicar of Wakefield 365
  • Don Quixote 373
  • The Novel Démeublé 389
  • The Politics of Martha and of Mary 397
  • Autumn Tints in Chivalry 419
  • Index of Authors 431
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