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Leaves from my Library - An English Anthology

Leaves from my Library - An English Anthology

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Leaves from my Library is a unique anthology of English prose which Lord Denning has himself chosen from his library at his country home at Whitchurch. The scenes are many and varied, ranging from the trial of the Merchant of Venice to that of the Knave of Hearts...from the decks of Nelson's Victory to the drawing rooms of Jane Austen...from the Pilgrims' gathering at the Tabard Inn to Sir Winston Churchill addressing a national war.
Throughout the book Lord Denning punctuates his chosen extracts with an illuminating commentary, setting each piece of prose in its social and historical context. Rather than putting forward a dry collection of literary quotations. Lord Denning's selected anthology, imbued with his very personal style of writing, makes for lively and entertaining reading. For students of law, history and English, it is a book to read with profit. For the uninitiated reader, this book will provide a stimulating introduction to some of the greatest writers of English prose - for the past master, perhaps an excuse for nostalgic recollection.
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Contents
Chapter 1.    Four months in 1940 (Winston Churchill)
Chapter 2.    England expects (Lord Nelson)
Chapter 3.    A pound of flesh (William Shakespeare)
Chapter 4.    The death of a king (John Buchan)
Chapter 5.    The Great Proconsul (Lord Macaulay)
Chapter 6.    Rebellion in England (Lord Macaulay)
Chapter 7.    A pure woman (Thomas Hardy)
Chapter 8.    The trial of a knave (Lewis Carroll)
Chapter 9.    Seeking Salvation (John Bunyan)
Chapter 10.  Preaching Christianity (Acts of the Apostles)
Chapter 11.  Thick fog (Charles Dickens)
Chapter 12.  The middle-aged lady (Charles Dickens)
Chapter 13.  The power of the press (Anthony Trollope)
Chapter 14.  The impudent imposter (Lord Maugham)
Chapter 15.  The Empire-Builder (Basil Williams)
Chapter 16.  A country gentleman’s recreation (Izaak Walton)
Chapter 17.  A curate’s observations (Gilbert White)
Chapter 18.  Set in our North Downs (William Cobbett and others)
Chapter 19.  Sisters and suitors (Jane Austen)
Chapter 20.  Mediaeval characters (Geoffrey Chaucer)
Epilogue
Index
Twenty Answers
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Author Details
Alfred Thompson Denning
was born on 23 January 1899. He was educated at Andover Grammar School and Magdalen College, Oxford. A brilliant student, he was placed in the 1 st Class in both the Mathematical Final School and, subsequently, the Final School of Jurisprudence. Eldon Scholar and Prize Student of the Inns of Court, he was called to the bar in 1923, becoming a KC 15 years later. In 1944 he was knighted and appointed a Judge of the High Court of Justice. He became a Lord Justice of Appeal and a Privy Councillor in 1948.Created a life peer in 1957, he took the title of Baron Denning of Whitchurch, and in that same year he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. Lord Denning held the office of Master of the Rolls for over twenty years, from 1962 to his retirement on 29 September 1982. After that he continued to play an influential role in English society. He took part in debates in the House of Lords and spoke and broadcasted on many subjects.
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