Life Work of Mrs. Cora L.V. Richmond by Harrison Delivan Barrett

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Life Work of Mrs. Cora L.V. Richmond

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV. LITERARY WORK. It is not alone as a public speaker that our subject has become known to the thinking people of America and Europe, but also through her pen, by which she has reached thousands of human hearts in the uplifting influences pertaining to her published discourses, poems, and philosophical and scientific works. She entered the field of literature at an early age, being in her eighteenth year only when she published the first volume of her discourses, containing twenty of her first lectures in New York City. This volume has been succeeded by several subsequent ones, comprising about the same number of lectures each. They have been issued at various times during her ministry, when the subjects of the lectures and the thoughts expressed in them were deemed of greatest moment to the reading public. Of the literary merit of these various works our readers can well judge through the excerpts we have made from her lectures, and those we shall make from her other works in connection with this line of thought. In presenting her discourses to the public, it is impossible for a reporter to give more than a record of the ideas advanced, clothed in the speaker's language, while the impressions conveyed through the gestures, voice and peculiar expressions of the countenance are all lost. The value of the thought, however, expressed in these several books is not lost by being put into cold tpye. The oratorical embellishments, like a forest that has lost some of its leaves, are wanting; but our readers well know that it is the relation of a writer's thought to his language that makes a book valuable to him through his ability to apply it to his life and to his own expressions of thought. In order to do this one must familiarize...

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