A Temple of Texts by William H. Gass

By William H. Gass

Winner of the 2007 Truman Capote Award for Literary feedback, A Temple of Texts is the most recent serious assortment from one in every of America's maximum essayists and novelists. the following, William H. Gass can pay homage to the readerly facet of the literary event by means of turning his severe sensibility upon all of the books that formed his personal improvement as a reader, author, and individual.

With essays on figures starting from William Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein to Flann O'Brien and Robert Burton, Gass creates a "temple" of readerly devotion, a suite of serious explorations as amazing and incisive as readers have come to count on from this literary grasp, but additionally an incredibly own window into the author's personal literary improvement.

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Continuing Everything has as much right to Eternal H. THE TEMPORAL BLAKE liberate us from the Natural Man 1 of ; Thine is the Kingdom & the Power & the Glory not Amen. Parsimon[y], Satan's Kingdom

Blake's faith was justified, his inspiration And now this was passed. His state may be verified by a comparison with Miss had returned. Underbill's analysis of the ultimate stage. The first is a complete absorption There are three characteristics. in the interests of the Infinite. Blake devoted the rest of his life to interpreting it by pen and graver. The second is the consciousness of strength, of acting by Divine authority, with an invulnerable serenity. This might well serve as an appreciation of Blake alone !

Sunday schools, organized charities, and reforms of all sorts took up the time of the idle merchants' wives and daughters, and such things even lent new purposes to the meetings of the Blue-Stockings. We can easily poke fun at all this frivolous bustle and discussion about such terrible matters. We can smile sadly over Arthur Young's de nunciation of tea-drinking,1 which was the one extravagance of the lower classes, and hence the obvious cause of the unbelievable increase in poverty. No doubt a very large percentage of the efforts of these good people was foolish, fruitless, and even harmful ; however, the harm was only temporary, while the good has been so firmly endorsed by all the succeeding generations, that our approval or disapproval suddenly loses significance.

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