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The Middle Parts of Fortune

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Possibly the best book on soldiers of the Great War, written by Manning, an ex infantryman himself. He captures the humdrum, fear, ignorance and sometimes the beauty of conscript soldiering exquisitely. His descriptions of the life on and behind the front line have a descriptive power that are second to none.

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Wood-Block Printing

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Wood-Block Printing is written by F. Morley Fletcher. In the first place, we wish to provide trustworthy text-books of workshop practice, from the points of view of experts who have critically examined the methods current in the shops, and putting aside vain survivals, are prepared to say what is good workmanship, and to set up a standard of quality in the crafts which are more especially associated with design.

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Why Bewick Succeeded

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Why Bewick Succeeded is written by Jacob Kainen. "A little engraving on wood was also done, but Bewick tells us that his master was uncomfortable in this field and almost always turned it over to him. His training, obviously, was of a rough and ready sort, based upon serviceable but routine engraving on metal. There was no study of drawing, composition, or any of the refinements."

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Vigee Le Brun

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Vigee Le Brun is written by Haldane MacFall. Like François Boucher, the great painter to the king, Elizabeth Vigée came to the pretty business with the advantage of being an artist's child; like him, she received her first lessons at an early age from her father; and, like him, she moved from earliest childhood in an atmosphere of art and artists.

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Under the Greenwood Tree

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Under the Greenwood Tree is written by Thomas Hardy. This story of the Mellstock Quire and its old established west- gallery musicians, with some supplementary descriptions of similar officials in Two on a Tower, A Few Crusted Characters, and other places, is intended to be a fairly true picture.

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The Venetian School of Painting

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The Venetian School of Painting is written by Evelyn March Phillipps. Such a book does not pretend to vie with, much less to supersede, the masterly treatises on the subject which have from time to time appeared, or to take the place of exhaustive histories, such as that of Professor Leonello Venturi on the Italian primitives.

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The Two Paths

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The Two Paths is written by John Ruskin. The study, however, of the effect of art on the mind of nations is one rather for the historian than for us; at all events it is one for the discussion of which we have no more time this evening. But I will ask your patience with me while I try to illustrate, in some further particulars, the dependence of the healthy state and power of art itself upon the exercise.

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The Stones of Venice

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The Stones of Venice is written by John Ruskin. Thus much, however, it is necessary for the reader to know, that, when I planned the work, I had materials by me, collected at different times of sojourn in Venice during the last seventeen years, which it seemed to me might be arranged with little difficulty.

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The Pagans

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The Pagans is written by Arlo Bates. Arthur Fenton, a slender young artist, with elegant figure and deep set eyes, was lounging in an easy chair in an attitude well calculated to show to advantage his graceful outlines. For occupation he was turning over a portfolio of sketches, whose authorship was indicated by the attitude of the lady seated near by.

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The Mind of the Artist

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The Mind of the Artist is written by Various Authors. It is always interesting and profitable to get the views of workmen on their work, and on the principles which guide them in it; and in bringing together these sayings of artists Mrs. Binyon has done a very useful thing. A great number of opinions are presented, which, in their points of agreement and disagreement.

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