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The Oxford Book of American Essays, written by W. C. Brownell. William Crary Brownell (1851Ŕ1928) was an American journalist and literary critic influenced by Matthew Arnold. After graduating from Amherst College in 1871, Brownell worked for the New York World from 1871 to 1879 and The Nation from 1879 to 1881. From 1888 to 1910, Brownell worked as an editor at Charles Scribner's Sons, where he edited such well-known authors as Edith Wharton. He also published numerous books on European and… Read More
"Poems of Christina Georgina Rossetti". Christina Georgina Rossetti (5 December 1830 – 29 December 1894) was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is perhaps best known for her long poem Goblin Market, her love poem Remember, and for the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. Read More
"The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral", written by Francis Bacon. Sir Francis Bacon was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution. Read More
"Gorgias", a Socratic dialogue written by Plato around 380 BC. In this dialogue, Socrates seeks the true definition of rhetoric, attempting to pinpoint the essence of rhetoric and unveil the flaws of the sophistic oratory popular in Athens at this time. The art of persuasion was widely considered necessary for political and legal advantage in classical Athens, and rhetoricians promoted themselves as teachers of this fundamental skill. Some, like Gorgias, were foreigners attracted to Athens because… Read More
"The Phaedrus", written by Plato, is a dialogue between Plato's main protagonist, Socrates, and Phaedrus, an interlocutor in several dialogues. The Phaedrus was presumably composed around 370 BC, around the same time as Plato's Republic and Symposium. Although ostensibly about the topic of love, the discussion in the dialogue revolves around the art of rhetoric and how it should be practiced, and dwells on subjects as diverse as metempsychosis (the Greek tradition of reincarnation) and erotic… Read More