British essayists

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George Eliot's novels are, as much as anything, compendiums of ripostes to the great English essays of the day, and no less good for that. Yet some of the best essays act like whispers for your ears alone: Hazlitt on the pleasure of hating is like the most entertaining kind of private pal, and the same can be said for Orwell.

It turned out he was my old English teacher, Mr Cassidy, who is now retired but who told me he likes to follow my excursions in the literary world.

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I felt my way through the library stacks when I was young, eager to pick up those essays and tune into some of the most beautiful conversation ever to happen in Britain. Either the old hatred is immediately revived or else a sweetly nostalgic, forgiving warmth flares up between the eternal Sir and the eternal pupil.

British essayists

This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Yet I believe his lesson about the English essay will never leave me. It may be that the English essay is our most actively present literary vehicle: our attachment to the best of what has been done in that form only deepens by the hour.

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The modern essay can be a piece of work as personal as a love letter, as world-altering as a policy, capturing the spirit of the age in words that can seem to clear the air for new ways of living.

Related Articles 20 August John Preston reviews Be Near Me by Andrew O'Hagan 24 May The essay is a graduation of the speaking voice - the discursive mode, par excellence - and the best English essayists have, over the past years, built a version of the form that is spectacular, humane, stylish and vernacular.

Earlier generations of novelists and playwrights often saw themselves as being goaded into creative action by the spirited efforts of their period's great essayists.

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Twenty-five years ago, Mr Cassidy asked me to write a story in class about sibling rivalry. Here's the beginning of Bacon's essay "Of Ambition". Here's the latter on a good cup of tea: "There is also the mysterious social etiquette surrounding the teapot why is it considered vulgar to drink out of your saucer, for instance? Related Articles 20 August John Preston reviews Be Near Me by Andrew O'Hagan 24 May The essay is a graduation of the speaking voice - the discursive mode, par excellence - and the best English essayists have, over the past years, built a version of the form that is spectacular, humane, stylish and vernacular. Since the death of Orwell, we are used to hearing that life has become too busy and the media too congested for the quietly mind-altering essay to work its magic on the average British reader, but the times are argumentative and the essay has returned with a well-polished vengeance. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant. One never meets a former teacher as an equal: I still wanted to call him Sir, and felt that at any moment he might take the book I was signing for him and begin to correct its mistakes with a firm hand. During the Second World War, VS Pritchett submitted an essay a week to the New Statesman, and readers could still find him, in late old age, unfurling essays about the paintings of Pissarro or the passions of Zola. What would the work of Wordsworth and Coleridge have been without the ambient, emancipating zeal of William Hazlitt? This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Earlier generations of novelists and playwrights often saw themselves as being goaded into creative action by the spirited efforts of their period's great essayists. Yet I believe his lesson about the English essay will never leave me. Just as the French cannot think of Flaubert's experiments in psychological realism without first thinking of Rousseau's beautiful Confessions, the English cannot imagine the works of Jane Austen without Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Women. But if it be stopped, and cannot have his way, it becometh adust, and thereby malign and venomous. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations.

During the Second World War, VS Pritchett submitted an essay a week to the New Statesman, and readers could still find him, in late old age, unfurling essays about the paintings of Pissarro or the passions of Zola. Montaigne may have invented it, but it was writers in English who have succeeded over the years in shaping its place on the common tongue.

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