Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Thomas P. Whelan


It is almost a platitude to say that literature is a reflection of life and that authors are the spoksemen of the age in which they live. Literature is the mouthpiece of a nation, a mouthpiece which speaks the commonest reflections and the highest meditations of a people. Else if this were not true why should scholars regard as valuable historical evidence the comments of contemporary writers? To the literature of the Greeks and Romans we owe what knowledge we have of the life and thought of those ancient races. This is not the less true of our modern nations. Certainly it is not the less true of England. Generations of historians and critics have looked to the works of the English Masters for facts and arguments from which they have woven the story of a nation and its people.


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