Thursday, April 29, 2010

Essay: "The Solitude of the Country." Samuel Johnson.

Review: People often desire to retire to the country for a variety of reasons. It’s all specious. For example, “…though learning may be conferred by solitude, its applications must be attained by general converse.” In other words, although you can gain knowledge by going off to the country to read, you can only use that knowledge in society. The joys of going off to the country to rusticate are pipe dreams.

The Art of the Personal Essay: An anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. A division of Random House, Inc. 1995.

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