Joseph Addison – Periodical Essays (Essay Summary)

Introduction: The essay “Periodical Essays” begins with a proverb “A Great Book is a Great Evil” is a translation from Greek “Mega Biblion, Mega Kakon”. It was published on Monday July 23, 1711 in The Spectator as essay no. 124. This essay is a satire upon those writers who are proud of producing voluminous books. … Continue reading Joseph Addison – Periodical Essays (Essay Summary)

John Milton – Books (Essay Summary)

“The Best Effects of Any Books Is That It Excites the Reader to Self-Activity –Thomas Carlyle” This essay “Books” is an extract from Areopagitica: a speech of Mr. John Milton for the liberty of unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England. It was printed in 1644. It is a great defence of the liberty of … Continue reading John Milton – Books (Essay Summary)

Richard Steele-The Spectator Club (Essay Summary)

Introduction: The Spectator The essay “The Spectator Club” is the second essay in the ‘The Spectator’. Steele conceived a club with members drawn from different stages of life, society and profession. Each of them has own individual qualities. Thus the club is the miniature version of the society of the day. Yet there is no … Continue reading Richard Steele-The Spectator Club (Essay Summary)

Francis Bacon – Of Studies (Essay Summary)

Of Studies by Francis Bacon : Original TEXT Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability. Their chief use for delight, is in privateness and retiring; for ornament, is in discourse; and for ability, is in the judgment, and disposition of business. For expert men can execute, and perhaps judge of particulars, one by … Continue reading Francis Bacon – Of Studies (Essay Summary)