Lawrence C. Wroth (essay date January-October 1912)
SOURCE: Wroth, Lawrence C. “Thomas Fuller and His ‘Worthies.’” The South Atlantic Quarterly 11 (January-October 1912): 215-23.
[In the following essay, Wroth contends that Fuller's works remain interesting to early twentieth-century readers because they are full of gossip about his contemporaries.]
Human experience has never given hearty approval to the theory that conversation should be of things and not of people, for it has found that the practice of gossiping is a decidedly pleasant way of spending the hours of recreation, and that it is an unimproved agent for mental sanitation. He is generally a churl who rejoices not in the recital of personalities, in...
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