10-second review: Every great person seems to have a favorite author.
“A predilection for some great author, among the vast number which must transiently occupy our attention, seems to be the happiest preservative for our taste; accustomed to that excellent author whom we have chosen for our favorite, we may in this intimacy possibly resemble him.” [Re-reading our favorite author preserves our taste and even makes our writing style resemble his.]
“It is remarkable that every great writer appears to have a predilection for some favorite author….”
[Here follow several pages of examples of famous persons who focus on their favorite writers and read them again and again.]
“…Sir William Jones’s invariable habit of reading his
Great Essays. Ed. Houston Peterson.
What is an essay? “They are all prefaces. A preface is nothing but a talk with the reader; and they [essays] do nothing else.” Charles Lamb.