(limited to philosophical discussions, books in progress.)

Leslie Stephen was to write up the results of his studies he made on the writings of Samuel Johnson (1878), Pope (1880), Swift (1882), and George Eliot (1902).

and why one should address the smallest number of smearers

;;  explaining what Antifragileis NOT about.

He died in 1719 aged forty seven.

He was, as I have already noted, the editor of and just recently I discovered a reprint of Mencken's work as might be found in the magazine from January to April, 1924 (Blauvelt, N.Y.: Freedeeds Books, 1984).

He has written biographies of , , and .

He ran with the social élite of the left and joined the , "dispensing the pure word of Liberalism." Eventually, he and his wife went off (I believe it was in the 1930s) to Russia, and retreated, after a season, "in through disillusionment." During WWII Muggeridge was with British intelligence.

Among my library books I have a number of Birrell's works.

He published two further editions of Gallery, 1849 and 1854.

He reads twenty books to write a sentence; he travels a hundred miles to make a line of description." (For more on Macaulay, see Thackeray's essay, "." And for samples of Macaulay's writing, see, the essays which we have put up online: "," ", "," "" and "

The lawyer should extend his reading from the father to the son.

In 1711 the other great house was the theatre in the Haymarket, recentlybuilt by Sir John Vanbrugh, author of The Provoked Wife, and architectof Blenheim. This Haymarket Theatre, on the site of that known as ‘HerMajesty’s,’ was designed and opened by Vanbrugh in 1706, thirty personsof quality having subscribed a hundred pounds each towards the cost ofit. He and Congreve were to write the plays, and Betterton was to takecharge of their performance. The speculation was a failure; partlybecause the fields and meadows of the west end of the town cut off thepoorer playgoers of the City, who could not afford coach-hire; partlybecause the house was too large, and its architecture swallowed up thevoices of the actors. Vanbrugh and Congreve opened their grand west-endtheatre with concession to the new taste of the fashionable for ItalianOpera. They began with a translated opera set to Italian music, whichran only for three nights. Sir John Vanbrugh then produced his comedy ofThe Confederacy, with less success than it deserved. In a few monthsCongreve abandoned his share in the undertaking. Vanbrugh proceeded toadapt for his new house three plays of Molière. Then Vanbrugh, stillfailing, let the Haymarket to Mr. Owen Swiney, a trusted agent of themanager of Drury Lane, who was to allow him to draw what actors hepleased from Drury Lane and divide profits. The recruited actors inthe Haymarket had better success. The secret league between the twotheatres was broken. In 1707 the Haymarket was supported by asubscription headed by Lord Halifax. But presently a new joint patenteebrought energy into the counsels of Drury Lane. Amicable restorationwas made to the Theatre Royal of the actors under Swiney at theHaymarket; and to compensate Swiney for his loss of profit, it wasagreed that while Drury Lane confined itself to the acting of plays,he should profit by the new taste for Italian music, and devote thehouse in the Haymarket to opera. Swiney was content. The famous singerNicolini had come over, and the town was impatient to hear him. Thiscompact held for a short time. It was broken then by quarrels behind thescenes. In 1709 Wilks, Dogget, Cibber, and Mrs. Oldfield treated withSwiney to be sharers with him in the Haymarket as heads of a dramaticcompany. They contracted the width of the theatre, brought down itsenormously high ceiling, thus made the words of the plays audible, andhad the town to themselves, till a lawyer, Mr. William Collier, M.P. forTruro, in spite of the counter-attraction of the trial of Sacheverell,obtained a license to open Drury Lane, and produced an actress whodrew money to Charles Shadwell’s comedy, The Fair Quaker of Deal. Atthe close of the season Collier agreed with Swiney and hisactor-colleagues to give up to them Drury Lane with its actors, takein exchange the Haymarket with its singers, and be sole Director ofthe Opera; the actors to pay Collier two hundred a year for the use ofhis license, and to close their house on the Wednesdays when an operawas played.

In 1786 he moved to London and joined the bar there, but without much success.

in an instant all my dislike vanished.

In time, Steele's financial situation became precarious, such that he removed himself from high society and retired to Wales in 1722, where he died in 1729.

One of Lord Cecil's most enjoyable books for me, was his  (London: Constable, 1976).

He was 13 years old when his father died.

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Lord Chesterfield's  was made into a book which was one of the favourites of the 19th century.

I find by the writings of the family,

McLuhan held controversial views, including: that it was the media, itself, which influenced society and not the information and ideas which it disseminates.