HERBERT HENRY GOWEN (1864–1960)
The Paradise Of The Pacific: Sketches Of Hawaiian Scenery And Life (1892)
Church Work In British Columbia: Being A Memoir Of The Episcopate Of Acton Windeyer Sillitoe, D.D., D.C.L., First Bishop Of New Westminster (1899)
The Day Of His Coming: Thoughts For The Season Of Advent (1907)
Hawaiian Idylls Of Love And Death (1908)
"The following stories are concerned mainly with incidents bearing on the career of the first sovereign of the Hawaiian archipelago, Kamehameha I, worthily distinguished from his successors as "Kamehameha the Great," who, born about the year 1736, achieved the unification of the group in 1795, and died in 1819, leaving behind him no one capable of following in his footsteps." (Introduction)
Sonnets For The Sundays Of The Church Year (1916)
"The writer is under no illusions as to the value of this little collection of Sonnets considered only as poetry. It has, however, been a pleasant occupation from time to time to condense the lessons of the Sundays of the Church's year into sonnet form, and it is hoped there may be some who will find an equal pleasure in following out the line of thought suggested. It will be noticed that each sonnet is based upon the Gospel for the day. Sometimes fancy has been permitted to wander in by-paths, but it is hoped the thought is never so remote as to prevent the sonnet from stimulating meditation on the great truths to which the Christian Year bears witness." (Foreword)
An Outline History Of China (1917, New And Revised Edition)
"In view of the kindly reception the first edition of this work has had at the hands of the public, it is hoped that this new and revised edition may establish itself further in favor. It is still quite necessary to emphasize the fact that the book is neither a complete history of China nor a selection of episodes chosen according to the writer’s own taste. The bulk of the book might all too easily have been increased, but, in that event, the idea of writing a brief, fairly-proportioned sketch would have remained unfulfilled. One or two critics have complained of the prominence of the military episodes. The only excuse that can be made is that Chinese history is (in spite of the generally unmilitary character of the people) unfortunately very full of campaigns which cannot be left altogether unchronicled if a true picture is to be presented. Yet the Kulturgeschiclite has been by no means neglected. The philosophers and literati undoubtedly contributed much to Chinese history and their place in the narrative has been assigned wherever possible. Nevertheless, the framework of the story must necessarily be political and the effect of such a work as the present would have been invertebrate had not the dynastic changes been carefully marked." (Preface To The Second Edition)
The Napoleon Of The Pacific: Kamehameha The Great (1919)
"JUST a century ago,—on May 8, 1819,—the greatest child of the Pacific, "from chaos until now," Kamehameha the First of Hawaii passed away, leaving to his children a legacy which they were unable to retain. The United States, which have providentially become the inheritors of his realm, are also made thereby the guardians of Kamehaineha's fame. It is in the hope that Americans will find some interest in the story of one who surely deserves his title of "the Great" that this book has been written." (Foreword)
Christ And Colosse, Or, The Gospel Of The Fullness: Five Lectures On S. Paul's Epistle To The Colossians (1922)
"The sole purpose of these five lectures, given in substance at the Summer Schools at Portland, Or., and Victoria, B.C., is to supply such a general introduction to the Epistle to the Colossians and such a rapid summary of its contents as will enable readers to obtain a real grasp of the significance of one of the greatest of Christian documents. It is in the hope that the lectures may thus become more widely useful that I have ventured to put them out in the present form." (Foreword)
Asia: A Short History From The Earliest Times To The Present Day (1926)
Revised Edition published in 1936; PD in 2032.
"In Shelley's "Prometheus Unbound" Asia is one of the Oceanides who minister to the great sufferer on the rocks of Caucasus. If we regard Prometheus as the symbol of civilization in the service of humanity, there is much propriety in thinking of the continent of Asia as an important figure in that immortal cause.
We do not know how the name "Asia" originated. The old Greek geographers reckoned only two continents, Europe and Asia. They included Africa—or Libya, as they called it—in the latter. But apart from this unnecessary addition, Asia contains one third of the land area of the globe and considerably over one half its population. It stands to reason, therefore, that we have here practically half a world, which should be interesting to the other half. Other reasons for this conviction will appear in the course of the following pages.
No apology need be made for the slight treatment which many important episodes of the history receive. There is in China a type of poem known as the "stop short". It is so called because designed to stop short of any full description, from the poet's desire to stimulate the imagination of the reader. In the case of the following narrative it is hoped that the stimulus will be sufficient to prompt further research, in volumes where the separate trees are of more concern than the entire plan of the forest.
One other word of explanation is perhaps due. It is obvious that this history is written frankly from the Western point of view, and that therefore there is considerable reference to those incidents of European and American history which connect themselves with Asiatic affairs. To attempt a history of Asia from the Asiatic point of view would be to miss those interests which for the present furnish the bond between East and West. Here too it will be possible to draw upon separate volumes written from another angle. The aim of the present writer has been, from such points of departure as are reasonably familiar to the American student, to offer a story of the "great sister" (as Shelley calls his heroine) whose civilization is at once the source and complement of our own—a story as connected as is possible within the limits of our space." (Foreword)
A Precursor Of Perry, Or, The Story Of Takano Nagahide (1928)
39 pages long.
A History Of Indian Literature: From Vedic Times To The Present Day (1931)
"Although the poetry, drama, philosophy, and romance of India have had profound influence, by a kind of osmosis, upon the thought of the West, they have as yet but slightly touched the Western consciousness.
This is a great loss to us culturally, and the present volume is an effort to make more familiar to the general reader, without technicality and at the same time without too much concession to the elementary, a good deal that has hitherto been accessible mainly to the world of specialistic scholarship." (Preface)
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