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The Two Admirals Volume 1

By Cooper, James Fenimore

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Title: The Two Admirals Volume 1  
Author: Cooper, James Fenimore
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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Cooper, J. F. (n.d.). The Two Admirals Volume 1. Retrieved from http://worldlibrary.in/


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Among all the sea-tales that the last twenty years have produced, we know of none in which the evolutions of fleets have formed any material feature. The world has many admirably drawn scenes, in which pictures of the manoeuvres of single ships, and exquisite touches of nautical character, have abounded; but every writer of romance appears to have carefully abstained from dealing with the profession on a large scale. We have refrained ourselves from attempting such a subject, partly from a certain consciousness of incompetency; but more, perhaps, from a desire, in writing of ships, to write as much as possible under that flag to which we have been accustomed, and to which we properly belong. We would openly and loudly condemn the maudlin patriotism that is sensitive about the honour of cats and dogs; that fancies it nationality to extol inferior things, merely because they happen to be our own; that sets up the extravagant doctrine — one so new in the annals of literature as to find its only apology in the poor explanation of a miserable provincialism — that vice, folly, vulgarity and ignorance should not be rebuked because they happen to be American vice, folly, vulgarity and ignorance — the best possible reason why they ought to be rebuked by all American pens; and which reverses the liberality of Domitian, who tolerated even Juvenal...

Table of Contents
· PREFACE. · CHAPTER I. · CHAPTER II. · CHAPTER III. · CHAPTER IV. · CHAPTER V. · CHAPTER VI. · CHAPTER VII. · CHAPTER VIII. · CHAPTER IX. · CHAPTER X. · CHAPTER XI. · CHAPTER XII. · CHAPTER XIII. · CHAPTER XIV. · CHAPTER XV.

 

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