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... express oneself has lost its tang . As Dr Johnson said : ' He that has once
studiously formed a style , rarely writes afterwards with complete ease . '
Admirably as I think Matthew Arnold's style was suited to his particular purposes ,
I must admit ...
Even then he was a Platonist and he gave me Shelley's translation of the
Symposium . He talked to me of Renan , Cardinal Newman and Matthew Arnold .
But Matthew Arnold , he thought , was a bit of a philistine himself . He talked to
me of ...
It is a great misfortune to English letters that we have not had in this century a
critic of the class , say , of Sainte - Beuve , Matthew Arnold or even Brunetière . It
is true that he would not have occupied himself much with current literature , and
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This is one of the best books I read for providing a philosophical view of life. It is a book I intend to read again. Read full review