English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History eBook

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Richard Chevenix Trench, D.D., born 1807:  the present Archbishop of Dublin.  He has written numerous theological works of popular value, among which are Notes on the Parables, and on Miracles.  He has also published two series of charming lectures on English philology, entitled The Study of Words and English Past and Present.  They are suggestive and discursive rather than philosophical, but have incited many persons to pursue this delightful study.

Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, D.D., born 1815:  Dean of Westminster.  He was first known by his excellent biography of Dr. Arnold of Rugby; but has since enriched biblical literature by his lectures on The Eastern Church and on The Jewish Church.  He accompanied the Prince of Wales on his visit to Palestine, and was not only eager in collecting statistics, but has reproduced them with poetic power.

Nicholas Wiseman, D.D., 1802-1865:  the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England.  Cardinal Wiseman has written much on theological and ecclesiastical questions; but he is best known to the literary world by his able lectures on The Connection between Science and Revealed Religion, which are additionally valuable because they have no sectarian character.

Charles Darwin, born 1809:  although he began his career at an early age, his principal works are so immediately of the present time, and his speculations are so involved in serious controversies, that they are not within the scope of this work.  His principal works are:  The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, and The Descent of Man.  His facts are curious and very carefully selected; but his conclusions have been severely criticized.

Frederick Max Mueller, born 1823:  a German by birth.  He is a professional Oxford, and has done more to popularize the Science of Language than any other writer.  He has written largely on Oriental linguistics, and has given two courses of lectures on The Science of Language, which have been published, and are used as text-books.  His Chips from a German Workshop is a charming book, containing his miscellaneous articles in reviews and magazines.

CHAPTER XLII.

ENGLISH JOURNALISM.

   Roman News Letters.  The Gazette.  The Civil War.  Later Divisions.  The
   Reviews.  The Monthlies.  The Dailies.  The London Times.  Other
   Newspapers.

ROMAN NEWS LETTERS.—­English serials and periodicals, from the very time of their origin, display, in a remarkable manner, the progress both of English literature and of English history, and form the most striking illustration that the literature interprets the history.  In using the caption, “journalism,” we include all forms of periodical literature—­reviews, magazines, weekly and daily papers.  The word journalism is, in respect to many of them, a misnomer,

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