Thursday, April 21, 2011

‘[A literary work] is not a mere play of the imagination, the isolated caprice of an exited brain, but a transcript of contemporary manners and customs and the sign of a particular state of intellect.  The conclusion derived from this is that, through literary monuments, we can retrace the way in which men and women felt and thought many centuries ago.’ – Hippolyte Tain, Histoire de la literature anglaise, Quot. in AVI English Literature by Jonathan Bate, p81.

1 comment:

  1. Well said, Mr. Bate. Which is probably why I'm such a fan of really good historical fiction - kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.