Ancient Rome in the English Novel: A Study in English Historical Fiction ...

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University of Pennsylvania., 1923 - American fiction - 138 pages
A fieldmouse is visited by his uncle who teaches him to work and to take the risk of dancing in the moonlight.

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Page 43 - My idea in the romance is to set forth Christianity as the only really democratic creed, and philosophy, above all spiritualism, as the most exclusively aristocratic creed.
Page 44 - I have exhausted both my stock and my brain, and really require to rest it, by turning it to some new field, in which there is richer and more picturesque life, and the elements are less confused, or rather, may be handled more in the mass than English ones now. I have long wished to do something antique, and get out my thoughts about the connection of the old world and the new ; Schiller's ' Gods of Greece ' expresses, I think, a tone of feeling very common, and which finds its vent in modern Neo-Platonism...
Page 13 - The passions, the sources from which these must spring in all their modifications, are generally the same in all ran~ks and conditions, all countries and ages...
Page 132 - THE PRINCE OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID; or, Three Years in the Holy City.
Page 117 - Roman religion, as of primitive morals. But then, farm-life in Italy, including the culture of the olive and the vine, has a grace of its own, and might well contribute to the production of an ideal dignity ol character, like that of nature itself in this gifted region.
Page 69 - ... therein represent every phase of Roman character, from the treacherous and cowardly Domitian and the vile Domitia down to the secret gatherings of the new sect and their exit from life in the blood-soaked sands of the arena, where they were torn in pieces by the beasts of the desert. The life and the manners of all classes at this period were never painted with a bolder pencil than by Eckstein in this masterly romance, which displays as much scholarship as invention.
Page 17 - The Novel is a picture of real life and manners and of the times in which it is written. The Romance in lofty and elevated language, describes what never happened nor is likely to happen.
Page 39 - The romances of Mr. Ware betray a familiarity with the civilization of the ancients, and are written in a graceful, pure, and brilliant style. . . . They have passed through many editions in Great Britain, and have been translated into German and other languages of the continent.
Page 51 - And now, readers, farewell I have shown you New Foes under an old face — your own likenesses in toga and tunic, instead of coat and bonnet One word before we part The same devil who tempted these old Egyptians tempts you. The same God who would have saved these old Egyptians if they had willed, will save you, if you will Their sins are yours, their errors yours, their doom yours...
Page 15 - Faries lists twelve novels as the best, judged by their success in portraying the past realistically. They are : 1. The Last Days of Pompeii: Bulwer, (1834). 2. Hypatia: Charles Kingsley, (1853). 3. The Gladiators: GJ Whyte-Melville, (1863). 4. Ben Hur: Lew Wallace, (1880). 5. Marius, the Epicurean: Walter Pater, (1885). 6. Darkness and Dawn: FW Farrar, (1892). 7. Domitia: S. Baring-Gould, (1898). 8. A Friend of Caesar: William Stearns Davis (1900). 9. Vergilius, a Tale of the Coming of Christ: Irving...

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