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THE SEER; OR, COMMONPLACES REFRESHED.
“Love adds a precious seeing to the eye.” — Shakespeare. In two volumes. 16mo. Cloth, gilt top. Price, $3.00.
Contents of " The Seer.” Pleasure; On a Pebble; Spring; Cat by the Fire; Put up a Picture in Color; Windows; Windows, con- your Room; A Gentleman-Saint ; sidered from inside; A Flower for The Eve of St. Agnes; A"
“Now," your Window; A Word on Early descriptive of a cold day; Ice, with Rising ; Breakfast in Summer ; Anac- Poets upon it; The Piano-forte; reon; The Wrong Sides of Scholar- Why Sweet Music produces Sadness; ship and No Scholarship; Cricket ; Dancing and Dancers; Twelfth A Dusty Day; Bricklayers, and An Night; Rules in Making Presents; Old Book; A Rainy Day; The East Romance of Commonplace; AmiableWind; Strawberries; The Waiter: ness Superior to Common Intellect; The Butcher; A Pinch of Snuff ; Life After Death, — Belief in Spirits; Wordsworth and Milton; Specimens On Death and Burial; On Washerof Chaucer; Peter Wilkins and the women; The Nightmare ; The FlorFlying Woman; English and French entine Lovers; Rhyme and Reason ; Females; English Male Costume; Vicissitudes of a Lecture; The ForEnglish Women Vindicated; Sunday tunes of Genius; Poets' Houses; in London; Sunday in the Suburbs; A Journey by Coach; Inexhaustibility A Human Being and a Crowd; The of the Subject of Christmas.
“The Seer' is a capital companion in the traveller's pocket, and by the bachelor's coffee-cup, and whenever one wishes a nibble at the good things of the library at home. No one can behold the face of Nature without finding a smile upon it, if he looks there through the eyes of 'The Seer.'” — Boston Daily Advertiser.
“A collection of delicious essays, thoroughly imbued with the characteristics of the writer's genius and manner, and on topics especially calculated to bring out all the charms of his genial spirit and develop all the niceties of his fluent diction, and worthy of being domesticated among those choice family books which while away leisure hours with agreeable thoughts and fancies.” — E. P. Whipple.
“The Seer' is one of the best specimens of the modern essayist's dealing with the minor pleasures and domestic philosophy of life, and is a capital antidote for the too exciting books of the hour; it lures us to musing, and what Hazlitt calls “reposing on our sensations.'" —H. T. Tuckerman.
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THE BOOK OF THE SONNET. Compris
ing an Essay on the Cultivation, History, and Varieties of the species of poem called the Sonnet, with a Selection of English Sonnets, now first published from the original MSS. of Leigh Hunt. An Essay on American Sonnets and Sonneteers, with a Selection of Sonnets, by S. Adams Lee. In two volumes. 16mo. Cloth,
gilt top. Price, $3.00. “The genuine aroma of literature abounds in every page of Leigh Hunt's delicious Essay on the Sonnet. His mind shows itself imbued with a rich knowledge of his subject, and this, illumined by the evidence of a thorough and unaffected liking for it, makes him irresistible." - London Saturday Review.
As a collection of Sonnets, it is not only the fullest ever made, but by far the best, even excelling the dainty little collection by Dyce, ... and Hunt's exhaustive and every way admirable introductory essay is, after all, much the best part of the work. Its pages are steeped in thoughtful scholarship on this special theme, and sparkle with genial and veracious criticism.” — R. H. Stodda
“A greater verbal epicurean than Leigh Hunt never lived. He luxuriated over niceties of expression and revelled in a delicious image or apt phrases; he was always seeking the beautiful in neglected fields of literature, and to renew his acquaintance with the memorable sonnets of Italian and English poets was simply a labor of love. He therefore wrote an essay giving the history of the sonnet, and defining its conditions and possibilities, expatiated on the special merits of each renowned writer in this sphere, and indicated the most striking examples of success in artistic and effective construction or eloquent feeling as thus embodied and expressed.” — H. T. Tuckerman.
“Whether Leigh Hunt was a man of genius, or only of surpassing talent, is a question which we willingly leave to the critics who find tweedledee different from tweedledum in kind as well as degree. We are content with the fact that he has some virtue which makes us read every book of his we open, and which leaves us more his friend at the end than we were before. Indeed, it would be hard not to love so cheerful and kindly a soul, even if his art were ever less than charming. But literature seems to have always been a gay science with him.
We never see his Muse as the harsh step-mother she really was: we are made to think her a gentle liege-lady, served in the airiest spirit of chivalric devotion; and in the Essay in this ‘Book of the Sonnet' her aspect is as sunny as any the poet has ever shown us.
“The Essay is printed for the first time, and it was written in Hunt's old age; but it is full of light-heartedness, and belongs in feeling to a period at least as early as that which produced the 'Stories from the Italian Poets.' It is one of those studies in which he was always happy, for it keeps him chiefly in Italy; and when it takes him from Italy, it only brings him into the Italian air of English sonnetry, - a sort of soft Devonshire coast, bordering the ruggeder native poetry on the south.” — W. D. Howells, in Atlantic Monthly.
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