Description : The "Critical Review" reflects the political, scientific and literary debate of the times. The journal was edited for its first seven years by Tobias Smollett and reflected the slashing, combative style and intellectual range of its editor. This 16-volume set reproduces this journal.
Description : This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1805. Excerpt: ... AftT. YH.--Barrsw's Travels in China. (Concludedfrom pagt IX.) A COUNTRY in which the rank of a person is ascertained by a comparison of merit, must, unless the examination is conducted on a very frivolous and base plan, produce a considerable improvement of talent and elevation of character. On this subject we looked, but in rain, for information. Ir is evident that the author had made very little inquiry into this important subject; and the trifling anecdote introduced by him, probably served for a laugh among the Chinese, but cannot be a sufficient foundation for a judgment of their examinations: These are principally confined, ' says trie author, to the knowledge of the language; and as far as this goes, they are rigid to the utmost degree. The candidates are put into separate apartmerits, having previously been searched, in order to ascertam that they have no writing of any kind about them. They are allowed nothing but pencils, ink, and paper, and within a given time they are each to produce a theme on the subject that shall be proposed to them. The excellence of the composition, which is submitted to the examining officers, or men of letters, depends chiefly on the following points: That every character be neatly and accurately made. That each character be well chosen, and not in vulgar use. 'Thar/ the same character do not occur twice in the same composition. The subject and the manner of treating it are of the least consideration, but those on morality, or history, are generally preferred. If the following story, as communicated by one of the missionaries, and related, I believe, by the abbe Grozier, be true, there requires no further illustration of the state of literature in China. "A candidate for preferment having inadvertently made us...
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Description : Excerpt from The Critical Review, or Annals of Literature, Vol. 1: January, 1812 Euge! If Mr. B. And the other editors of the Porso nion school begin to think 'thus judiciously for themselves, and to elucidate their thoughts thus critically, we may shortly be able. To exclaim, in some points of criticism. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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