Life of Jean Paul F. Richter, Volume 2

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J. Chapman, 1845

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Page 20 - He has an intellect vehement, rugged, irresistible; crushing in pieces the hardest problems ; piercing into the most hidden combinations of things, and grasping the most distant: an imagination vague, sombre, splendid, or appalling; brooding over the abysses of Being ; wandering through Infinitude, and summoning before us, in its dim religious light, shapes of brilliancy, solemnity, or terror : a fancy of exuberance literally unexampled...
Page 14 - ... the nature which the artist has essayed to express in this ideal image ; and thus to typify the object that will be invariably kept in view, by those whose writings may form a part of the Catholic Series, and which each volume composing it may be expected to promote.
Page 4 - It is refreshing to light upon a book which has so much originality of conception as this, and in which the writer is bold enough to have an opinion of his own." — Critic, " The Introduction is especially remarkable for its power — not only power of words, but of ideas.
Page 22 - The Roman Church and Modern Society. By E. QUINET, of the College of France. Translated from the French Third Edition (with the Author's approbation), by C. COCKS, BL 8vo.
Page 18 - The work presents the most profound ideas in a simple and attractive form. The discussion of these principles, which in their primitive abstraction are so repulsive to most minds, is carried on, through the medium of a slight fiction, with considerable dramatic effect. We become interested in the final opinions of the subjects of the tale, as we do in the catastrophe of a romance. A slender thread of narrative is made to sustain the most weighty arguments on the philosophy of religion; but the conduct...
Page 14 - Catholic to its primitive significance, in its application to this Series, and to realize the idea of Catholicism in SPIRIT. It cannot be hoped that each volume of the Series will be essentially Catholic, and not partial, in its nature, for nearly all men are partial; — the many-sided and impartial, or truly Catholic man, has ever been the rare exception to his race. Catholicity may be expected in the Series, not in every volume composing it. An endeavour will be made to present to the Public a...
Page 22 - All lovers of literature will read Mr. Emerson's new volume, as they most of them have read his former one ; and if correct taste, and sober views of life, and such ideas on the higher subjects of thought as we have been accustomed to account as truths, are sometimes outraged, we at least meet at every step with originality, imagination, and eloquence."— Inquirer.
Page 20 - The autobiography of Richter, which extends only to his twelfth year, is one of the most interesting studies of a true poet's childhood ever given to the world.
Page 20 - Here we must close, unwillingly, this volume, so abounding in food for thought, so fruitful of fine passages, heartily commending it to all of our readers who desire to make acquaintance with the philosophy of art. The extracts we have taken...
Page 21 - ... or terror: a fancy of exuberance literally unexampled; for it pours its treasures with a lavishness which knows no limit, hanging, like the sun, a jewel on every grass-blade, and sowing the earth at large with orient pearl. But deeper than all these lies Humour, the ruling quality with Richter; as it were the central fire that pervades and vivifies his whole being.

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