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Browning: Biographical Notes, Appreciations, and Selections from His "Fifty Men and Women,"

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ... the struggle towards perfection--is the manifestation of the Infinite thru the medium of the Finite. The Art of Living is our ideal, expressed in action. This is not catalogued in the school curriculum, Life alone is the teacher. All other arts are ideals embodied in form, and Life is here the teacher also. In so far as we reach toward our ideals thru action, reduce the imperfect form to the near-perfect, dissolve discordant sounds into deep melody, do we lay hold on the Infinite. Poets have the transcendent power to "see clearly," and it is a delight to stand close to a clear-thinking mind, combined with a tender, boundless sympathy, and an unswerving faith in the indissoluble bond between every /soul and its Maker. Such a poet is Robert Browning. It is never just to a dramatist to credit him person-, ally with the opinions or convictions expressed by the children of his brain. Surely young Hamlet's agonizing wail, "Frailty, thy name is woman," can not be Shakespeare's sober dictum, whatever we may think of that incident of "the second-best feather bed." In the following pages Browning's "fifty men and women" speak for themselves--in their own name, and it would be somewhat difficult to gather an equal number of men and women from the pages of any other author whose lustre would dim the stars in this galaxy. Here we have the incomparable Balaustion; the ideal Colombe, leaving the dukedom and hastening to Cleves with the heroic Valence; Domizia, rising responsive to the nobility of Luria; elusive Aprile, shrinking Ignotus, politic Ogniben, Cleon, whose culture hides the hope of immortality; suffering Mildred, the ineffably tender Mertoun, the brave Anael, despicable Sebald, ready to save himself and leave the woman he has wronged; Jules, gladly... Hide synopsis

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