Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Holiday Reading

Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948), Southward Ho! and Other Essays (London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1914), pp. 37-38:
Perhaps modern life is becoming too rapid for overmuch dalliance with books, and it becomes increasingly more difficult for bookish persons to catch up with the lost reading of yesterday. Still, it is good to have dreams, and the dream of a holiday in a library is a very pleasant one. We realise something of it, I fancy, when we drop into our kit-bags a few very friendly books, books that have stood the test of time and the sterner tests of familiarity—the "Religio Medici," "The Golden Treasury," the "Essays of Elia," the "Greek Anthology," the "Compleat Angler"—holiday books all, because they promote reflection in a gentle and intimate way.

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