ARTHUR COMPTON-RICKETT (1869–1937)
Lost Chords: Some Emotions Without Morals (1895)
Prophets Of The Century: Essays (1898)
"THE aim of the following essays is to present in a popular form the teaching of those master spirits of the age, whose ideas have helped so largely to influence the minds of men in this century. The treatment adopted has been expository rather than critical, to meet the need of those who, before entering upon a study of the writers dealt with in this volume, wish to know something of their message." (Preface)
Mimes And Rhymes (1901)
Personal Forces In Modern Literature (1906)
"The papers in the present volume are not intended as contributions to critical literature. They are of a pioneer character, and are concerned rather with the "personal equation" of the writers discussed than with the purely literary aspects of their work. Originally delivered in the form of lectures, they retain the more colloquial form of "the thing spoken". My excuse for publishing them is that in the form of lectures they served to kindle interest in the personalities of the writers and lead to a study of the originals.
The authors dealt with cover many fields of thought—philosophy, science, poetry, fiction, criticism—but the guiding principle in the selection of names has been to exhibit as great a diversity of temperament as possible." (Preface)
The Vagabond In Literature (1906)
"In the introductory paper to this volume an attempt is made to justify the epithet “Vagabond” as applied to writers of a certain temperament. This much may be said here: the term Vagabond is used in no derogatory sense. Etymologically it signifies a wanderer; and such is the meaning attached to the term in the following pages. Differing frequently in character and in intellectual power, a basic similarity of temperament gives the various writers discussed a remarkable spiritual affinity. For in each one the wandering instinct is strong. Sometimes it may take a physical, sometimes an intellectual expression—sometimes both. But always it shows itself, and always it is opposed to the routine and conventions of ordinary life.
These papers are primarily studies in temperament; and the literary aspects have been subordinated to the personal element. In fact, they are studies of certain forces in modern literature, viewed from a special standpoint. And the standpoint adopted may, it is hoped, prove suggestive, though it does not pretend to be exhaustive." (Foreword)
The London Life Of Yesterday (1909)
"In the following pages I have endeavoured to produce a series of clearly defined pictures of certain notable epochs into which London History may be divided. No attempt has been made to trace consecutively or to discuss in detail the political, the social, or the religious life of the various periods dealt with. For such a treatment of the subject the reader may be referred to the scholarly writings of Mr. Loftie and Dr. Sharpe, or to the pleasant pages of Sir Walter Besant's leisurely volumes. What I have tried to essay in this small volume is rather such a presentment of particular epochs as may serve for a background, which the reader can fill in at his leisure from works of a more ambitious and specialized character." (Preface)
A History Of English Literature (1912)
100 pages long—excluding 7 pages of "Chronological Synopsis" and 1 page of "Hints For Further Study". Divided into short chapters.
The People’s Books No. 85.
William Morris: A Study In Personality (1913)
"Few men of our time had so vivid and challenging a personality. He was a gifted poet, a distinguished proseman, a superb craftsman and a vigorous social force. Yet first and foremost he was a great personality. For this reason, while attention has been given to a critical consideration of the purely literary aspects of Morris's work, the present book is primarily a study in personality and temperament. The writer has sought to present the amazingly various activities of Morris through his personality, rather than to view them as something apart from the man. For though these activities were legion, the impelling spirit and controlling method were always the same." (Preface)
The Life And Letters Of Theodore Watts-Dunton (1916)
The Letters Of Algernon Charles Swinburne (1918)
Our Poets At School And Other Fancies In Prose And Verse (1921)
Robert Browning: Humanist; A Selection From Browning's Poetry (1925)
Her Stigma (1928)
"“Her Stigma” is the story of Mary Denby, a young widow serving a fortnight's imprisonment in Holloway Jail, and of the effect on her life made by that short term of detention. It tells of the almost impossible struggle that has to be made in these days to live down the past, when that past contains the grim memory of the prison cell. The adventures of Mary Denby are told by the author with a deep understanding and sympathy, and he has written a sincere and moving story which bears the unmistakable imprint of truth. This is an unusual book, giving a vivid picture of real people. It will make the most thoughtless reflect on the after-effects of prison on those who have been within its walls." (Page 2)
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