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" I HAVE observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very... "
The Spectator: With a Biographical and Critical Preface, and Explanatory ... - Page 1
1853
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The Spectator. Volume the First. [-eighth.].

1744 - 348 pages
...'till he knows whether the Writer of it be a black or a fair Man, of a mild or cholcrick Difpofition, Married or a Bachelor, with other Particulars of the like Nature, that conduce very much to the right underftar.ding of an Author. To gratify this Curiofity, which is fo natural to a Reader, I defign this...
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Harrison's British Classicks, Volume 4

1786 - 694 pages
...WITH DAZZLING MIRACLES. RoSCOMMOK. I Have obferved, that a reader fcldom perufes a book with pleafurc, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric difpoGtion, married or а bachelor; with other particulars of the like natnrt, that conduce very much...
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The Spectator. ...

1789 - 508 pages
...with dazzling miracles. ROSCOMMOK. I HAVE obferved, that a Reader feldom perufes a book with pleafure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric difpofition, mar* The laft paper of the genuine TATLER, N° 271, came •ut Tan. 2, 1710-11, fo that...
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The Wandering Islander, Or, The History of Mr. Charles North

Charles Henry Wilson - 1792 - 286 pages
...Spectator fays, he has ©blerved, and what is it he has not obferved? that a reader feldom perufes a book till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a milder choleric difpofition. Now, as I wilh with all my heart to contribute to the gratification of...
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Specimens of the early English poets [ed. by G. Ellis.]. To which ..., Volume 1

English poets - 1801 - 444 pages
...selected with an attention to other objects, than that of exhibiting proofs of his poetical excellence. " peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows " whether...very much to the right " understanding of an author." Montaigne was certainly of the same opinion ; and Chaucer, though he has told us nothing of his birth,...
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Specimens of the early English poets [ed. by G. Ellis.]. To which ..., Volume 1

English poets - 1801 - 446 pages
...an attention to other objects, than that of exhibiting proofsof his poetical excellence. Addison has observed, that " a reader seldom " peruses a book...particulars of the like " nature, that conduce very n)uch to the right " understanding of an author." Montaigne was certainly of the same opinion ; and...
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The Christian Observer, Volume 13

Religion - 1815 - 892 pages
...by the Metropolitan Plalon. It has been remarked by Addison, " th»ta readt-r seldom peruses a hook with pleasure^ till he knows "whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, nf a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars' of the like nature...
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The Spectator: In Eight Volumes. : Vol. I[-VIII].

English literature - 1803 - 420 pages
...glorious light, And (without raising expectation high) Surprizes us with dazzling miracles. ROSCOMMON. I HAVE observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book...gratify this curiosity, which is so natural to a reader, 1 design this paper and my next as prefatory discourses to my following writings, and shall give some...
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The Literary Magazine, and American Register, Volume 5

Charles Brockden Brown - American literature - 1806 - 498 pages
...their face. There is no less truth than humour in the well-known observation of Addison. He says, " I have observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book...or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very much to the right understanding of an...
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An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope ...

Joseph Warton - 1806 - 464 pages
...satire of the first book. \ What Addison says in jest, and with his usual humour, is true in fact : " I have observed that a reader seldom peruses a book...'till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor." I will add, at the hazard of its...
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