3 responses to “Ingres’ Violin”

  1. Kevin Faulkner

    Have you got this far yet? ‘sure there is musicke even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, farre sweeter than the sound of an instrument. For there is a musicke where-ever there is a harmony, order or proportion; and thus farre we may maintain the musick of the spheares; -from Religio Medici

    But in many ways the rich imagery and prose-poetry of ‘Urn-Burial’ or even ‘Gaden of Cyrus’ are conciser, more satisfying to read than ‘Religio Medici’ which does meander somewhat in relevance to the modern reader.

  2. Brad Craft

    Thank you, yes! My Oxford World Classic edition has all that, thank you, and a bag of chips. Also, I found a charming biography from 1950, by one Jeremiah S. Finch, which has been great fun to read as well.

  3. Kevin Faulkner

    That’s not a bad edition, at least it does not commit the crime of separating the 1658 diptych discourses, unlike a recent American edition.

    American scholarship, led by J.S.Finch did much to re-instate Sir T.B. in the 20th century and I had the pleasure of engaging in correspondence with him in his last years. Finch is quite okay, ‘charming’ and ‘fun’ apt words, but even better is Frank Huntley’s critical work on Browne or even Peter Green’s very short essay.

    It’s probably due to W.G.Sebald and his ‘The Rings of Saturn’ that most American readers have been made conscious of Browne. A much overdue new edition of the complete works of Browne by Oxford Uni. Press is expected in 2017.

    But your working in bookstores for over 27 years may make you well aware of some of these facts !

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