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Just two hundred years ago, on April 15th, 1755, there was published, in two large folio volumes, one of the greatest of English books, A Dictionary of the English Language, by Samuel Johnson, A.M., issued, after the manner of the time, by a group of shareholding booksellers, or, as we should...
Prejudices, of course, are just what a reviewer ought not to have, least of all the kind of reviewer I am. For I am a hack. The term is commonly used in a derogatory sense, though I see nothing in it to be ashamed of. Its definition allows the compiler of Chambers's Dictionary to have one of his...
Other than libraries I have held office in. Why draw on memories of libraries used with one exception long ago To recall methods of service then found perfect which, to me, would be perfect today. Any library giving the required knowledge quickly is modern, of this very day that is, even were it...
When the Library Association decided ten years ago that greatly extended facilities for fulltime training should form part of the programme of postwar library development, few of the people concerned could have been expected to foresee what has now become one of the major problems in education...
When Yeats wrote Reveries over Childhood and Youth in 1914 he dedicated the book to those few people, mainly personal friends who have read all that I have written.
I remember reading, some time ago, a short story by Lord Dunsany. It was about a rather improbable young man invited to hear the first performance of a setting of a modern poem incomprehensible, of course who mistook the tinkering of the piano tuner for the real performance. All very funny, no...
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