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A series of meditations and prayers by John Donne, an English Jacobean poet, preacher and a major representative of the metaphysical poets of the 16th-17th centuries. The experience of drawing near to death laid the foundation of this work. The author, recovering from a serious illness, reflects upon health, pain, and sickness. The work consists of twenty-three parts corresponding to each stage of the illness, each part including “meditation”, “exhortation” and “prayer”. Here we meet magnetism, cosmography, alchemy and Platonism. “Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions” appears a first-hand experience of physical death, recorded step by step.
English as she is spoke is an English phrasebook intended for Portuguese students of English. The book was written by Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino in 1855. Everything seems reasonable and fine but there was just one problem: the authors did not speak English at all and they did not even have an English-Portuguese dictionary at their disposal. When collecting materials for the phrasebook,da Fonseca and Carolino used Portuguese-French dictionary and a French-English dictionary. As one can imagine, the process of formation of this book was complicated and the result is quite amusing. Using such book as a travel-guide a Portuguese can easily insult English-speakers. The book also includes a section of "Idiotisms and Proverbs."
Vernon Lee was the pseudonym of the British writer named Violet Paget. She is famous as the author of supernatural fiction. Like Walter Pater, she also wrote over a dozen volumes of essays on art, music, and travel. “Hortus Vitae” would be an interesting read or those who like fiction novels.
A 1898 collection of essays by an English writer, editor, critic, and suffragist, Alice Christiana Gertrude Thompson Meynell. Her essays had brought her repute of a brilliant critic, and were regularly published in largest periodicals such as Dublin Review, National Observer, Scots Observer è Pall Mall Gazette. Her poetical works followed the tradition of English women poetry, notable for its harmony, form and substance, and reflected deep religious feelings of the author. Besides the The Spirit of Place, the book includes Mrs. Dingley, Solitude, The Lady of the Lyrics, July, Wells, The Foot Have Patience, Little Saint, The Ladies of the Idyll, A Derivation, A Counterchange, Rain, Letters of Marceline Valmore, The Hours of Sleep, The Horizon, Habits and Consciousness, Shadows.
The Toys of Peace and Other Papers is a collection of short stories which belong to the pen of Saki and which was published for the first time in 1923 short after the death of its author. Most of the stories are devoted to the description of ordinary life of ordinary people at the beginning of the twentieth century so it is definitely recommended to all readers who want to dive into the life of the beginning of the twentieth century.
The Toys of Peace, and other papers is a nice collection of stories written by Saki which was published for the first time in 1919. The book is highly recommended for those readers who want to feel the special atmosphere of that time and understand the life of the contemporary society.
This book is a collection of letters written by an outstanding Roman philosopher, thinker, lawyer, statesman. Cicero was very influential in ancient Rome where he showed his abilities of amazing orator and lawyer, and translator. Most of his letters where Cicero expressed his philosophical ideas and believes are addressed to Atticus. Cicero supported the ideas of humanism and new achievements. The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 is definitely recommended to all readers who like philosophical literature.
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