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Essays of Francis Bacon and New Atlantis (Classics Club)
Essays of Francis Bacon and New Atlantis - Classics Club Author:Francis Bacon It is eternally true of the classics -- as it is of the Scriptures -- that no matter in what age of man they first saw the light of day, their contents still hold truth, wisdom, and guidance for our own times. This is amply borne out by this great Elizabethan work, now brought to you in a luxurious Classics Club Library Volume... — "Good Queen Be... more »ss's glorious day", as Gilbert & Sullivan once phrased it, was a great era for England. Giants like Shakespeare, "rare" Ben Jonson, and stormy Kit Marlowe were founding a tradition of poetry and drama. Admiral Drake's doughty sea-dogs whipped the "invincible" Spanish Armada, paving the way to undreamed-of opportunities for trade and colonization in the New World. And from the thick of London court intrigue there emerged a surpassing intellect which was to lay the groundwork of science and philosophy for generations to come -- Sir Francis Bacon!
Any man or woman seeking guidance in our own world -- looking for a course of action in an age increasingly difficult to make one's way -- in search of a practical, personal, day-by-day philosophy -- can do no better than to read the immortal essays which this incisive judge of humankind wrote while he bargained and schemed and plotted with both villains and men of good will in the days of Queen Elizabeth.
Do you know how to tell when a public figure is lying, and when he is being truthful? Do you know how to talk politics and reach a definite conclusion? Are you looking for advice on marriage or staying single; on bringing up children; on keeping the business of love out of your other affairs? So you know when and how to be bold in the face of adversity -- and when to bow to it? All these questions are dealt with clearly and curtly in Bacon's remarkably striking language. (In fact, Bacon's writing was so vivd and brilliant that even to this day many learned scholars believe he was the true author of Shakespeare's plays!)
In this volume, you'll "discuss" with Sir Francis, in a miraculously modern fashion, all these problems: democracy vs. dictatorship; propaganda, how to start and how to stop it; what one should know about business sharpness; what kind of friends to cultivate; how men lose personal liberty as they gain power; and many more timely topics. And if you are a lover of gardens and gardening -- you will derive nothing less than pure delight from his amazing essay which might have been clipped this morning from a popular "home" magazine!« less