The Battle of the Books

A military metaphor was no doubt inevitable in any account of the argument, but
to take a battle of the books as seriously as a real campaign was necessarily to
make fun of it, especially at a time when war and its glorification in epic still
served ...

Author: Joseph M. Levine

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501727641

Category: History

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Joseph M. Levine provides a witty and erudite account of one of the most celebrated chapters in English cultural history, the acrimonious quarrel between the "ancients" and the "moderns" which Jonathan Swift dubbed "the Battle of the Books." The dispute that amused and excited the English world of letters from 1690 until the 1730s was, Levine shows, an installment in the long-standing debate about the relationship of classical learning to modern life. Levine argues that the debate was fundamentally a quarrel about the rival claims of history and literature concerning the proper way to understand the authors of the past. He skillfully examines how both sides wrote their own brands of history: The moderns, led by Richard Bentley, proposed that the "modern" inventions of classical scholarship and archaeology gave them a superior insight into the past; the ancients, marshaled by Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope, held out for a more direct imitation of antiquity and opposed the new scholarship with all the force of their satire and invective. Levine demonstrates that the ancients and the moderns influenced each other in powerful ways, and had much more in common than they knew. Chronicling a critical episode in the development of modem scholarship, The Battle of the Books illuminates the roots of present-day controversies about the role of the classics in the curriculum and the place of the humanities in education.

The Battle of the Books

Whoever examines, with due circumspection, into the annual records of time, will find it remarked that War is the child of Pride, and Pride the daughter of Riches: -the former of which assertions may be soon granted, but one cannot so ...

Author: Jonathan Swift

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Whoever examines, with due circumspection, into the annual records of time, will find it remarked that War is the child of Pride, and Pride the daughter of Riches: -the former of which assertions may be soon granted, but one cannot so easily subscribe to the latter; for Pride is nearly related to Beggary and Want, either by father or mother, and sometimes by both: and, to speak naturally, it very seldom happens among men to fall out when all have enough; invasions usually travelling from north to south, that is to say, from poverty to plenty. The most ancient and natural grounds of quarrels are lust and avarice; which, though we may allow to be brethren, or collateral branches of pride, are certainly the issues of want. For, to speak in the phrase of writers upon politics, we may observe in the republic of dogs, which in its original seems to be an institution of the many, that the whole state is ever in the profoundest peace after a full meal; and that civil broils arise among them when it happens for one great bone to be seized on by some leading dog, who either divides it among the few, and then it falls to an oligarchy, or keeps it to himself, and then it runs up to a tyranny. The same reasoning also holds place among them in those dissensions we behold upon a turgescency in any of their females. For the right of possession lying in common (it being impossible to establish a property in so delicate a case), jealousies and suspicions do so abound, that the whole commonwealth of that street is reduced to a manifest state of war, of every citizen against every citizen, till some one of more courage, conduct, or fortune than the rest seizes and enjoys the prize: upon which naturally arises plenty of heart-burning, and envy, and snarling against the happy dog. Again, if we look upon any of these republics engaged in a foreign war, either of invasion or defence, we shall find the same reasoning will serve as to the grounds and occasions of each; and that poverty or want, in some degree or other (whether real or in opinion, which makes no alteration in the case), has a great share, as well as pride, on the part of the aggressor.

A BATTLE OF THE BOOKS RECORDED BY AN UNKNOWN WRITER FOR THE USE OF AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS TO THE FIRST FOR DOCTRINE TO THE SECOND FOR REPROOF TO BOTH FOR CORRECTION AND FOR INSTRUCION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

104 A BATTLE OF THE BOOKS. of composition, correcting, stereotyping, paper,
print. ing and binding, are very large, compared sometimes to the size of the book
. Then the advertising bills, and two or three hundred gratuitous copies for notice
 ...

Author: GAIL HAMILTON

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A Battle Of The Books

A Battle Of The Books: Recorded By An Unknown Writer, For The Use Of Authors And Publishers: To The First For Doctrine, To The Second For Reproof, To Both For Correction And For Instruction In Righteousness. Edited By Gail Hamilton.

Author: Gail Hamilton

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ISBN: 9354202241

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Tale of a tub Battle of the books Polite conversation

... of teats , at which a crew of ugly monsters were greedily sucking ; and , what is
wonderful to conceive , the bulk of spleen increased faster than the sucking could
diminish it . Goddess , said Momus , can 240 · THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS .

Author: Jonathan Swift

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General Revision of the Patent Laws

The Battle of the Books is the name of a short satire written by Jonathan Swift and published as part of the prolegomena to his A Tale of a Tub in 1704.

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee No. 3

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ISBN: LCCN:68062776

Category: Patent laws and legislation

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The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces

It is wonderful to conceive the tumult arisen among the books upon the close of
this long descant of Æsop : both parties took the hint , and heightened their
animosities so on a sudden , that they resolved it should come to a battle .
Immediately ...

Author: Jonathan Swift

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The Battle of the Books In Plain and Simple English Translated

and, in a battle on Parnassus, had vowed that he would knock down two of the
ancient chiefs who guarded a small pass on the higher peak. However, trying to
climb up, he found that he was cruelly held back by his own unfortunate weight
and ...

Author: Jonathan Swift

Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides

ISBN: 9781621075882

Category: Literary Collections

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"The Battle of the Books" is considered one of the greatest political satires ever written. The essay is as hilarious today as it was hundreds of years ago...if you can understand it! If you have struggled in the past reading the satire, then BookCaps can help you out. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

The Battle Of The Books And Other Short Pieces

The Battle Of The Books And Other Short Pieces This book is a result of an effort made by us towards making a contribution to the preservation and repair of original classic literature.

Author: Jonathan Swift

Publisher: Lector House

ISBN: 9390387647

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Battle of the Books

This book covers many important events for those studying censorship conflicts.

Author: Lee Burress

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810821516

Category: Political Science

Page: 385

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This book covers many important events for those studying censorship conflicts.

Battle of the Books

That's when the battle of the books began. It was all-outwar. The books charged
each other. There were whoops and wails and then the terrible sound of tearing.
Books were ripping each other's jackets off! In no time at all, not a book in the ...

Author: David Michael Slater

Publisher: ABDO

ISBN: 9781602709089

Category: Juvenile Fiction

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Two new books are dismayed when they are shelved at a library where the books judge each other only by their covers.

Battle of the Books

Atlas's attempt to answer this question takes him to university classrooms across America, where the canon of "Great Books" is being dismantled in the name of political correctness, and into his own past, as he considers the influence of ...

Author: James Atlas

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: UCAL:B4380844

Category: Books and Reading

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Does it matter which books college students read? Indeed it does, contends the author. Atlas presents a trenchant assessment of America at its educational crossroads, and asserts that whatr in shaping Buyer's Choice

A tale of a tub The battle of the books and essays

... roughly used by the two reverend gentlemen aforesaid , and without any
manner of provocation . At length , there appearing noen ! of the quarrel , our
author tells us , that the BOOKS in St. James's library , looking upon themselves
as parties ...

Author: Jonathan Swift

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ISBN: UCAL:B3548838

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The Battle of the Books in Its Historical Setting

Beginning in England with the more general discussion of Glanvil and Stubb , it
culminated in the famous Battle of the Books between Bentley and Boyle . In
France taking the form of a revolt against the canons of taste established by the ...

Author: Anne Elizabeth Burlingame

Publisher: Biblo & Tannen Publishers

ISBN: 0819602248

Category: Education

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Tale of a tub Battle of the books A discourse concerning the mechancial operation of the spirit Abstract of the history of England Letters Poems ascribed to Swift

You will read it very gravely remarked , in the books of those illustrious and right
eloquent penmen , the modern travellers , that the fundamental difference , in
point of religion , between the wild Indians and us , lies in this , that we worship
God ...

Author: Jonathan Swift

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