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Chapter XXXIV


. . . a little attention however to the nature of the human mind evinces that the entertainments of fiction are useful as well as pleasant . . . considering history as a moral exercise, her lessons would be too unfrequent if confined to real life. of those recorded by historians few incidents have been attended with such circumstances as to excite in any high degree this sympathetic emotion of virtue. we are therefore wisely framed to be as warmly interested for a fictitious as for a real personage . . . thus a lively and lasting avenue of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics, and divinity that ever were written. this is my idea of well-written Romance, of Tragedy, Comedy and Epic poetry . . .
letter from Thomas Jefferson to robert skipwith, august 3, 1771.
. . . A great obstacle to good education is the inordinate passion prevalent for novels, and the time lost in that reading which should be instructively employed. when this poison infects the mind, it destroys it’s tone, and revolts it against wholsome reading. reason and fact, plain and unadorned are rejected. nothing can engage attention unless dressed in all the figments of fancy; and nothing so bedecked comes amiss. the result is a bloated imagination, sickly judgment, and disgust towards all the real business of life . . .
letter from Thomas Jefferson to nathaniel burwell, march 14, 1818.
Les Avantures de Telemaque. avec des remarques. 12 mo.
1815 Catalogue, page 138, no. 9, as above, but omitting avec des remarques.
FÉNÉLON, François de Salignac de la Motte.
Les Avantures de Télémaque, fils d’Ulysses . . . Nouvelle édition. Londres, 1795.
12mo. No copy of this edition available for examination was found. There is no card in the National Union Catalog. A copy is in the Catalogue of the Library of the British Museum, but not in that of the Bibliothèque Nationale. This edition was not listed in any bibliography consulted.
François de Salignac de la Motte Fénélon, 1651-1715, Archbishop of Cambrai and author, first published Les Avantures de Télémaque, in which the adventures of the son of Ulysses in search of a father are made into a political novel, in 1700. The book was published in numerous editions and translated into several languages.
Les avantures de Telemaque. 12 mo. Fr. Espagnol. 2. v.
1815 Catalogue, page 138, no. 10, as above, but reading aventures and Talemaque.
FÉNÉLON, François de Salignac de la Motte.
Les Avantures de Télémaque ( François et Espagnol). La Haye, 1712.
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