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出版社:General Books
作者: Crane, Frank
出版时间:2012年01月18日
10位国际标准书号:0217850413
13位国际标准书号(ISBN13):9780217850414
页数字数:30 页
所属类别:简装书
重量:72 克
规格:152 x 229 mm
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Human Confessions
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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. 1911. Excerpt: ... THE TRUTH THE late O. Henry said that he longed to see a book that told the truth: everything in literature, he added, was posing, unreality, done to please somebody. But he wanted the impossible. We could no more endure naked truth than naked bodies. Our northern, heavily clothed civilization has developed morbidly sensitive skin, also morbidly sensitive selfhood. What a different thing the Greek self-consciousness must have been from ours. To a Pericles self meant a Godmade torso and limbs; to the man of to-day self means a frock coat and trousers. I have a feeling that our race will never grow a right respect for truth, a worship and appreciation of the beauty of things as they are, until we outgrow the clothes habit. The curse of religion is respectability; of literature, decency; of thought, mob-dominancy. But what can you expect of people who are taught as children that to be real is to be naughty? It would take a thousand years of self-expression to cultivate a universal desire for truth. Books do not tell the truth because nobody would read them. OLD JOY THOSE dark ages, which we are used to think so wretched, when society, as Symonds says, existed upon a dung-heap, must after all have been happy, because there were so many walls, prisons and barriers to restrain happiness. And our twentieth century will certainly appear to the thirtieth century very unhappy, because we are so furious to stimulate happiness. Our literature teems with exhortations against the folly of worry and despair. In books, theaters, pulpits and schools we are continually crying, cheer up Human joy is very old. Mornings were steeped in dew and streams gurgled and trees waved and flowers nodded and the sun shone all about the children in the courtyard of Rameses and the young...

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