Heralds of revolt; studies in modern literature and dogma (1904) PDF book by William Francis Barry

Heralds of revolt; studies in modern literature and dogma (1904) PDF book by William Francis Barry

studies in modern literature and dogma

Rev. Dr. William Francis Barry was a British Catholic priest, theologian, educator, and writer. He served as vice president and professor of philosophy at Birmingham Theological College from 1873 to 1877 and then professor of divinity at Oscott College from 1877 to 1880.

Preface.--I. The genius of George Eliot.--II. John Inglesant.--III. Carlyle.--IV. An apostle of Nirvana: H. F. Amiel.--V. Heinrich Heine.--VI. The modern French novel.--VII. French realism and decadence.--VIII. Pierre Loti.--IX. Neo-paganism.--X. Latter-day pagans.--XI. Friedrich Nietzsche.--Conclusion.--"The two standards."--Index of principal names

Literature may be depicted as a series of public movements or may be summed up in significant types. There are advantages to either method. On the whole, I prefer with Sainte Beuve the way of portraiture, as at once more lively and, in effect, more profound. That which fascinates and persuades in a poem or a romance, history, biography, or criticism, never will be the same as that which convinces us in a treatise professing to be scientific. The poet is not a logician; the story-teller has his own peculiar and personal charm. Life is something individual. Agreement in a prevailing philosophy will not reduce men of genius to a function or a formula; each is himself and obstinately declines to be the other. Hence we pause in front of these pictures, taking them one by one, each for its own sake, subdued by the miracle of a mind which has found unique expression in color, tone, harmony, never again to be repeated. We say with Ariosto, "Nature made it and then broke the mold." That is why George Eliot cannot be simply analyzed into Balzac and George Sand; why Carlyle is no imitation of Goethe; why Amiel, Flaubert, Leconte de Lisle, Pierre Loti, demand their several handling; why Nietzsche, though coming straight down from Schopenhauer and Wagner, stands apart in a mad world of his own. Great men do not live exclusively on the Spirit of the Age; nor, perhaps, does any man.

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