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. 1864 Excerpt: ...limits to it, or of naming the instances which should be exempt from censure, or which are entitled to entire approval. From all such ...Read MoreThis 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. 1864 Excerpt: ...limits to it, or of naming the instances which should be exempt from censure, or which are entitled to entire approval. From all such onerous censorship I stand relieved. I do not touch it: I turn aside to another path. The things I have to do with, in this paper, are--Books, --books adapted to the requirements of domestic reading aloud, or, as we should call it, social reading, and the communion of thought and feeling, in a home circle. The individual reader, the fireside anchoret, is a being with whose tastes and practices I have no coneernment just now. As to daily social readings, --continued from year to year, while a family is running through its course of changes, --they constitute a bright continuity of its intellectual and moral existence. This communion of intelligence, and these-recollections of books that have left an impression upon the memories of the listeners--they readily coalesce with the remembrance of family events. I have said the same as to the connection of the seasons with family history. The book and the events that marked the time of its perusal weld into one; and especially it will be so if, in any instance, the heavy hammer of suffering and sorrow has come, stroke upon stroke, so as to make all one in the memory. Taking a glance round at my own shelves, I see books never to be forgotten; for they were in course of reading at such and such a time. I ought not to forget English history; for Smollet's fifteen octavos were used as a stock-book, --an inexhaustible store of readings throughout my boyish years. Whenever it happened that more attractive volumes were not forthcoming, then the voice was heard, "If there is nothing better just now, then bring the next volume in turn of Smollet. Did we not leave off last year with Queen Ann...Read Less
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