American Poetry in the Age of Whitman and Dickinson

Reading in Bed

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, from an 1883 essay on Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy:

I did not read it to equip myself for “literary conversation,” but to predispose myself to somnolence; and if, as I hope, this article shall prove as effective in bringing about that result for the reader as the book was for myself, it will have fully answered my tamest expectations.

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Written by Ben Friedlander

October 26, 2009 at 8:15 am

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  1. I also like Holmes! Was a great man.

    irileepak

    January 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm


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