It is comprehensive but also offers compelling case studies that illustrate the peculiar dynamics of twentieth-century America, integrating economics, race relations, popular culture and other critical social forces into the story. Thus it is misleading either to think of the US as a secular society in which religion is marginal, or to work with overly narrow understandings of religion which treat it as monolithically conservative or concerned primarily with otherworldly issues. In this volume, Mark Hulsether introduces the key players and offers a select group of case studies that explore how these players have interacted with major themes and events in US cultural history.
London, For best viewing, download PDF. PR " Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me: The brain of this foolish-compounded clay, man, is not able to vent anything that tends to laughter, more than I invent, or is invented on me: I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.
THE nature and objects of the present work require little, if any, explanation. The whole range of imaginative literature affords no instance of a fictitious personage, ranking, almost inseparably, in the public faith with the characters of actual history, parallel to that of the inimitable Falstaff of Shakspeare.
Other creations of the world s greatest dramatist may be as vraisemblable and as vividly drawn. But the peculiar association of Falstaff with events that. It was a natural thought, then, for a modern humorist, using the pencil and etching point as his means of expression, a man whose competence to appreciate and illustrate the arch-humorist, Shakspeare, will scarcely be disputed to propose to himself a series of pictures embodying the most prominent events in the imaginary career of Shakspeare s most humorous character Judaism and christianity: a birdis eye view essay which the illusion intended Xli PREFACE.
George Cruikshank has carried out in a series of etchings which forms the essential part of the volume now offered to the public, with what success, it would not become the present writer his friend and colleague to dilate upon.
It may be stated, fairly, that no pains have been spared by the artist to make his work conscien tiously complete. Had Sir John FalstafF really lived as it must remain a matter of impossibility to persuade the majority of mankind he did notand gone through the various experiences imagined for him by Shakspeare, it may be very safely assumed that an eye-witness of all or any of them would have observed a series of scenes very closely resembling the designs which accompany these pages.
The writer of the letter-press in no spirit of false modesty, but in one of pure business-like candour disclaims any share in whatever public approval the work may attract.
Xlll and he has simply fulfilled, to the best of his powers, a contract, cheer fully accepted, but not drawn up by him. An imaginary biography of Falstaff, away from the scenes described by Shakspeare supposing the kind of life that must have led up to the marvellous development of an individuality with which the poet has made us all familiar might have been a work worthy an ambitious man s undertaking.
The am bitious man would, probably, have failed to satisfy either his readers or himself, but that is neither here nor there. The plan of this work namely, to illustrate the life of Sir John Falstaff exclusively from the most striking passages in his career, as invented by Shakspeare was completed by the artist ere his literary colleague was applied to for his willingly-rendered assistance.
The latter claims no higher place in the transaction, than one proportionate to that of the fiddler who amuses the audience between the acts of a play, or the lecturer who talks unheeded nonsense while a panorama is unrolling.
The author may be permitted one little word of apology, and, perhaps, self-justification, for frequent breaches of punctuality in the periodical issue of the work, for which he, alone, is responsible.
The concluding portion of his labours has been achieved under acute and prolonged physical suffering. This may be no excuse for loose or indifferent writing ; but, in the memorable words of Ben Jonson to John Sylvester it is true. To face Title-page 2.
Toface page THE early lives of heroic personages, born at a date anterior to the invention of parish registers, police sheets, and such vehicles of subordinate renown, are usually enveloped in mystery. This remark which is not offered merely as a specimen of the writer s originality does not, of course, apply to that highly favoured class of heroes who may be said to be born to the business, and to note down whose earliest heroic throes and struggles official chroni clers have been retained in all ages ; but exclusively to the work-a-day or journeyman hero, who has had to establish himself in the heroic line from small beginnings who has had, as it were, to build his own pedestal in the Temple of Fame, finding his own bricks, mortar, and wheelbarrows.
This kind of construction, in all ages, necessitating an immense deal of labour and application, we generally find that by the time the pedestal is finished and the hero ready to mount it, his condition of wind and limb is no longer such as to enable him to do so with any remarkable degree of alacrity ; and that he has but little time and eyesight left to enjoy the prospect afforded by his eminent position.
In other words, by the time a great man has acquired such dimensions as to make him an object of public attention, it is generally at the moment when like an over-blown soap-bubble he is about to col lapse into nothing.
And what man who has travelled to distinction on foot cares when he has changed his boots to talk or be reminded of the mud he has walked through? That great man, at the date of those sayings and achieve ments which have gained him a world-wide celebrity, was in spite of his pardonable reluctance to admit the fact already advanced in years.
His own accounts of his early life are meagre in the extreme, and, justice compels us to add, by no means authentic. They are, in fact, confined to a rather vague statement, that he was " born at three o clock in the afternoon, with a white head," and other physical peculiarities, which would lead to a sus picion that the knight was not wholly free from a weakness common to great men of his epoch, namely, an ambition for the doubtful honours of a prodi gious birth.
A further assertion of early injuries, received through too assi duous application to certain ecclesiastical duties, must be regarded as equally apocryphal. But should the Biographer recoil before this merely negative obstacle of barrenness, at the outset of his researches as though a traveller, with his mountain goal in sight, should sit down and despair because he sees the plain beneath obscured by intervening mists?
Has not the difficulty of finding a needle in a bottle of hay which, by the way, has always appeared to us a remarkable article to be kept in bottle been greatly exaggerated?
All you have to do, is to make sure that the needle is really in the bottle. Patience and a microscope will lead you to its discovery.A report from the EUROTAS conference in Moscow. Glenn Hartelius. G lenn Hartelius is a mind/body theorist, clinician and teacher, with a particular interest in developing critical methodologies for the felt sense.† He is completing his Ph.D.
studies in East-West psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.†. The videos explore the physical settings of biblical narratives, helping viewers to understand how the lay of the land shaped and informed biblical events.
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