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Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism

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Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism

+1. Purpose of Literary Study.+ The study or reading of literature

ordinarily has a threefold purpose,--knowledge, pleasure, and culture.

This purpose shows us both the character of the literature which should

be read and the manner in which it should be read. As a rule we should

read only books of recognized excellence, and read them with sympathetic

intelligence. Trashy books, whatever pleasure they may give, add but

little to knowledge or culture; and immoral books often leave an

ineradicable stain upon the soul. Fortunately there are good books

enough to satisfy every taste and supply every need.

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