The Damnation of Theron Ware: Or, Illumination

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Stone & Kimball, 1900 - Belief and doubt - 512 pages
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User Review  - sixwoolsocks - LibraryThing

I read this book in a 19th C. American lit class & I wasn't too impressed by it. Harold Frederic does write some good short stories, but this book was pretty dull. Read full review

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User Review  - Stbalbach - LibraryThing

Illumination (1896) has been an underground classic among serious writers and readers since its publication. Although it sold well in its day, it was largely lost to mainstream attention for most of ... Read full review

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Page 49 - Doing what we know is not for the glory of God ; as, The putting on of gold and costly apparel. The taking such diversions as cannot be used in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Page 508 - And do you think he'll always be a — a backslider?" mourned Alice. "For mercy's sake, don't ever try to have him pretend to be anything else!" exclaimed the other. "The last state of that man would be worse than the first.
Page 77 - Keppler's cartoons, and out of these sprang into the vague upper gloom—on the one side, lamp-posts from which negroes hung by the neck, and on the other gibbets for dynamiters and Molly Maguires, and between the two glowed a spectral picture of some black-robed tonsured men, with leering satanic masks, making a bonfire of the Bible in the public schools.
Page 301 - I want to be a Greek myself, if you're one. I want to get as close to you — to your ideal, that is, as I can.
Page 51 - Brother Pierce!" suggested Winch, in a half-chuckling undertone. "Brother Pierce, then!" echoed Theron, impatiently. "The Quarterly Conference and the Estimating Committee deal with that. The trustees have no more to do with it than the man in the moon.
Page 357 - Though there seem to have been the most tremendous changes in races and civilizations and religions, stretching over many thousands of years, yet nothing is in fact altered very much. Where religions are concerned, the human race are still very like savages in a dangerous wood in the dark, telling one another ghost stories around a camp-fire. They have always been like that.
Page 417 - ... at the outset a great inheritance of Eastern mysticism. Others lost it, but the Irish, all alone on their island, kept it alive and brooded on it, and rooted their whole spiritual side in it. Their religion is full of it ; their blood is full of it. ... The Ireland of two thousand years ago is incarnated in her. They are the merriest people and the saddest, the most turbulent and the most docile, the most talented and the most unproductive, the most practical and the most visionary, the most...
Page 308 - Winches, was dead. There was an end of him, and good riddance. In his place there had been born a Poet, — he spelled the word out now unabashed, — a child of light, a lover of beauty and sweet sounds, a recognizable brother to Renan and Chopin — and Celia ! Out of the soothing, tenderly grateful revery, a practical suggestion suddenly took shape.
Page 442 - Michael shook his head dogmatically. "That is the greatest pity of all," he said, with renewed earnestness. "You are entirely deceived about yourself. You do not at all realize how you have altered your direction, or where you are going. It was a great misfortune for you, sir, that you did not keep among your own people. That poor half-brother of mine, though the drink was in him when he said that same to you, never spoke a truer word. Keep among your own people, Mr. Ware! When you go among others—you...
Page 146 - I am," replied Theron, much mystified. " I can't say that I am any great judge — but I like the things that I like — and " " Meredith," interposed Celia, " makes one of his women, Emilia in England, say that poetry is like talking on tiptoe ; like animals in cages, always going to one end and back again. Does it impress you that way? " "I don't know that it does," said he dubiously. It seemed, however, to be her whim to talk literature, and he went on : "I've hardly read Meredith at all. I once...

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