Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | December 18, 2008

Weekly Read-Along—December 19, 2008: The Art of the Essayist

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦




Arthur C. Benson (1862 – 1925) was a popular British poet, essayist and educator.  He wrote the lyrics to one of Britain’s best-known patriotic songs, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.


This week’s text, Benson’s The Art of the Essayist, was published in 1922.  It describes Benson’s views on essay writing.  He believed a cardinal rule for essay writing is that the essay should look “…as if someone had been doing it himself.”  Also, Benson felt that the essayist is “…in his particular fashion an interpreter of life, a critic of life.”



Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event and feel free to comment!  You can find the text at this website:

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