The Art of Literature
Read by Mark Meadows
Arthur Schopenhauer’s The Art of Literature is a lively, illuminating and brutally honest collection of essays on literary style and values, writers and critics, and the nature of genius. The volume is comprised of eight chapters: On Authorship, On Style, On the Study of Latin, On Men of Learning, On Thinking for Oneself, On Criticism, On Reputation and On Genius. Schopenhauer advises seclusion and independent thought, criticises Pliny’s reading habits, and explains the pitfalls of certain schools of thought and even virtues like modesty. His thought-provoking arguments, caustic wit and accessible style make this a must for any aspiring writer.
Running Time: 3 h 49 m
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Digital ISBN: 978-1-78198-130-6 Cat. no.: NA0251 Download size: 80 MB Produced by: Chatterbox Audio Edited by: Chatterbox Audio Translated by: T. Bailey Saunders (updated) BISAC: PHI009000, PHI001000 BIC: HPCD1, HPN Released: December 2019
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