Young American's Magazine of Self-Improvement, Volume 1

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Geo. W. Light, 1847 - History - 364 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1847. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Yet smile not, worldling; for in deeds Not all of life that's brave and wise is: He strews an ampler Future's seeds, T is your fault if no harvest rises. Smooth back the sneer; for is it naught That all he is and has is Beauty's? By soul the soul's gains roust be wrought; The Actual claims our coarser thought, The Ideal hath its higher duties. Elrmcood, 1847. head-work and hand-work. Though it is plain that all men need not, and indeed cannot become scholars, (using the word in the restricted sense of persons exclusively devoted to the pursuits of learning, ) yet all ought to become students. So broad are the fields of knowledge, so boundless are their treasures, that every one, whatever may be his station, condition or occupation, may find something there which will not only instruct but benefit him--something which he can and ought to use. The sciences, in particular, have so important a bearing upon almost every pursuit of civilized life, that no one can be considered as well educated, especially in a country like ours, which calls equally upon all its citizens to be Men, without at least some general acquaintance with them. So much has indeed been already said on this subject, by able writers, that the importance of knowledge is confessed, in a general way, by almost every one. But there are many, it is believed, who have, after all, only an indistinct notion of what is implied in this confession, and who still indulge a degree of scepticism as to the advantages of learning to common people: a few practical illustrations of the subject, therefore, it is hoped, will not be without their use. The bare fact, that most arts and trades involve the application of some scientific principle, is sufficient to prove the practical value of an acquaintance with science t...

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The author has decided to remain anonymous because this was the only way she felt completely free to explore a woman's secret life. As she writes in the afterword to the novel, "That doesn't mean this is a memoir; it's many things to me, fiction and nonfiction, fantasy and fact, a quilt pieced together not just from my own stories but those of my friends." She was also inspired to embrace anonymity by the book that inspired her own, an anonymous and very daring Elizabethan manuscript entitled "A Woman's Worth.

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