Monday, August 10, 2020


History and Literature

George Macaulay Trevelyan, Clio, a Muse, and Other Essays Literary and Pedestrian (London: Longmas, Green and Co., 1913), pp. 24-25:
History and literature cannot be fully comprehended, still less fully enjoyed, except in connection with one another. I confess I have little love either for "Histories of Literature," or for chapters on "the literature of the period," hanging at the end of history books like the tail from a cow. I mean, rather, that those who write or read the history of a period should be soaked in its literature, and that those who read or expound literature should be soaked in history.

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