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" I HAVE observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very... "
The Director [ed. by T.F. Dibdin]. - Page 94
edited by - 1807
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The Spectator, Volume 1

Joseph Addison - 1778
...HAVE obferved, that a reader feldom perufes a book with pleafure, till he knows whether the wiiter of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric difpofition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very much...
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Harrison's British Classicks, Volume 4

1786
...DAZZLING MIRACLES. RoSCOMMOK. I Have obferved, that a reader fcldom perufes a book with pleafurc, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric difpoGtion, married or а bachelor; with other particulars of the like natnrt, that conduce very much...
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The Spectator. ...

1789
...dazzling miracles. ROSCOMMOK. I HAVE obferved, that a Reader feldom perufes a book with pleafure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric difpofition, mar* The laft paper of the genuine TATLER, N° 271, came •ut Tan. 2, 1710-11, fo that...
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The Wandering Islander, Or, The History of Mr. Charles North

Charles Henry Wilson - 1792 - 263 pages
...fays, he has ©blerved, and what is it he has not obferved? that a reader feldom perufes a book till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a milder choleric difpofition. Now, as I wilh with all my heart to contribute to the gratification of...
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Specimens of the early English poets [ed. by G. Ellis.]. To which ..., Volume 1

English poets - 1801
...objects, than that of exhibiting proofs of his poetical excellence. " peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows " whether the writer of it be a black or...very much to the right " understanding of an author." Montaigne was certainly of the same opinion ; and Chaucer, though he has told us nothing of his birth,...
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Specimens of the early English poets [ed. by G. Ellis.]. To which ..., Volume 1

English poets - 1801
...poetical excellence. Addison has observed, that " a reader seldom " peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows " whether the writer of it be a black or...particulars of the like " nature, that conduce very n)uch to the right " understanding of an author." Montaigne was certainly of the same opinion ; and...
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The Christian Observer, Volume 13

Religion - 1815
...Plalon. It has been remarked by Addison, " th»ta readt-r seldom peruses a hook with pleasure^ till he knows "whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, nf a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars' of the like nature...
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Select British Classics, Volume 11

English literature - 1803
...dazzling miracles. ROSCOMMON. I HAVE observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a...very much to the right understanding of an author. To gratify this curiosity, which is so natural to a reader, I design this paper and my next as prefatory...
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The Literary Magazine, and American Register, Volume 5

Charles Brockden Brown - American literature - 1806
...observation of Addison. He says, " I have observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very much to the right understanding of an...
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An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope ...

Joseph Warton - 1806
...a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure, 'till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor." I will add, at the hazard of its being reckoned a trifling and minute remark, that many of our English...
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