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Adventures of David Grayson

av David Grayson

Andra författare: Thomas Fogarty (Illustratör), Thomas Fogarty (Illustratör)

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Adventures of David Grayson is a collection of two books written by Ray Stannard Baker and published under his pseudonym David Grayson. Originally published separately, this book includes the complete text of Adventures in Contentment and Adventures in Friendship. Now republished by Forgotten Books, this book serves as the perfect introduction to the work of Stannard Baker. Both books in this collection share a similar structure and tone. Adventures in Friendship and Adventures in Contentment are told in a first-person perspective, with David Grayson serving as the central character. The books are composed of short vignettes about rural living from the perspective of a city dweller.The contents of these books are essentially Grayson's thoughts on life and advice to others considering moving away from urban area's. The books expertly blend real details from the author's life with fictional characters and events, inserted to maximize the dramatic value and ensure a smooth narrative. Both Adventures in Friendship and Adventures in Contentment are deliberately paced books.. These are books intended to be contemplated as much as they are intended to be read. Baker writes with a dry wit, and expertly mixes humour with profound thinking. Adventures of David Grayson is a pleasant collection of two of Ray Stannard Baker's most beloved books. Readers who enjoy a relaxing read, and one that calls for introspection, will find this to be a first-rate collection. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.… (mer)

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This volume is a collection of two books written by Ray Stannard Baker and published under his pseudonym David Grayson. After law school, Baker became a journalist, historian, internationalist, and a friend of Woodrow Wilson.

Adventures in Contentment and Adventures in Friendship were published separately in 1907 and 1910.

Both books share a similar structure, style, and tone. These are tales told in the first-person with "David Grayson" as narrator. He gives vignettes about rural living from the perspective of a city dweller. Grayson seems to live with his sister Harriet. (One or both may be gay and not even know it, as so many in their generation could not even describe the "condition".)

Thoughts on life, and advice to others considering moving away from urban areas. The details are real -- no unicorns or magic -- although the characters may actually be fictional. We have a sense they are inserted to dramatic effect in the telling of stories.

Baker writes with a dry wit -- he describes a judge as dry as a corn crib in July -- and with often profound sentiments. His neighbor is a "professor" of botany, carrying a collections tin:

"When the professor had spoken we stood for a moment silent, then he smiled and said briskly: "I have been a botanist for fifty-four years. When I was a boy I believed implicitly in God. I prayed to him, having a vision of him " a person " before my eyes. As I grew older I concluded that there was no God. I dismissed him from the universe. I believed only in what I could see, or hear, or feel. I talked about Nature and Reality."

"He paused, the smile still lighting his face, evidently recalling to himself the old days. I did not interrupt him. Finally he turned to me and said abruptly, "And now " it seems to me " there is nothing but God'.

As he said this he lifted his arm with a peculiar gesture that seemed to take in the whole world. "

These books call for introspection. A sweet read. ( )
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Adventures of David Grayson is a collection of two books written by Ray Stannard Baker and published under his pseudonym David Grayson. Originally published separately, this book includes the complete text of Adventures in Contentment and Adventures in Friendship. Now republished by Forgotten Books, this book serves as the perfect introduction to the work of Stannard Baker. Both books in this collection share a similar structure and tone. Adventures in Friendship and Adventures in Contentment are told in a first-person perspective, with David Grayson serving as the central character. The books are composed of short vignettes about rural living from the perspective of a city dweller.The contents of these books are essentially Grayson's thoughts on life and advice to others considering moving away from urban area's. The books expertly blend real details from the author's life with fictional characters and events, inserted to maximize the dramatic value and ensure a smooth narrative. Both Adventures in Friendship and Adventures in Contentment are deliberately paced books.. These are books intended to be contemplated as much as they are intended to be read. Baker writes with a dry wit, and expertly mixes humour with profound thinking. Adventures of David Grayson is a pleasant collection of two of Ray Stannard Baker's most beloved books. Readers who enjoy a relaxing read, and one that calls for introspection, will find this to be a first-rate collection. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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