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" The word is late, but the thing is ancient ; for Seneca's epistles to Lucilius, if you mark them well, are but essays, that is, dispersed meditations, though conveyed in the form of epistles. "
Letters - Page 44
by Francis Bacon - 1854
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University of Ottawa Review, Volume 8

1905
...borrowed from Montagu, but the thing' itself dates back to Seneca, " whose epistles to Lucilius, if we mark them well, are but essays, that is, dispersed...meditations though conveyed in the form of epistles." In the first edition often the subjects are of a simple nature, — Discourse, Studies, Expense, Faction,...
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The English Familiar Essay: Representative Texts

William Frank Bryan, Ronald Salmon Crane - 1916 - 540 pages
...own book : " The word is late, but the thing is ancient. For Seneca's Epistles to Lucilius, if one mark them well, are but essays, — that is, dispersed...meditations, — though conveyed in the form of epistles." Finally, much of the impetus to the change in his methods of writing, particularly after 1612, would...
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The Literary Essay in English

Eleanore (Sister Mary) - 1923 - 284 pages
...down rather significantly than curiously, which I have called Essays. The word is late, but the thing is ancient ; for Seneca's Epistles to Lucilius, if...meditations, though conveyed in the form of epistles." Evidently Bacon kept to the French idea of the essay, a tentative and incomplete production which was...
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Representative Authors of West Virginia

Warren Wood - 1926 - 370 pages
...has pointed out their interrelation: " Seneca's epistles to Lucilius," he tells us, " if one marks them well, are but essays, that is dispersed meditations though conveyed in the form of epistles." This kinship may be traced in the matchless letters of Madame de Sevigne, the less clever collection...
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Dialogue and Critical Discourse: Language, Culture, Critical Theory

Michael Macovski - 1997 - 272 pages
...of the historic link of letters to essays. Of essay, Bacon writes "The word is late, but the thing is ancient; for Seneca's Epistles to Lucilius, if...meditations, though conveyed in the form of epistles" (1612 edition, np). 4. Throughout the history of the Christian church, letters, such as the Epistles...
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Home Life: Twelve Lectures

William Hague - 1854 - 265 pages
...and that as of that he had but little, he wrote essays. He adds, " The word is late, but the tiling is ancient ; for Seneca's Epistles to Lucilius, if...meditations, though conveyed in the form of epistles." A similar remark may be applied to modern Reviews, which appear in the form, now of an essay, like...
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bacon's essays

Francis Bacon - 1985 - 338 pages
...called ESSAYS. The word is late, but the thing is ancient. For Seneca's Epistles to Lucilius, if one mark them well, are but Essays, — that is, dispersed...meditations, though conveyed in the form of Epistles.' Montaigne's Essays had appeared in 1580. The first edition of Bacon's Essays was published in 1597....
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