Beauty Of Old Trains, The  By Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1952

Beauty Of Old Trains, The By Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1952

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Beauty Of Old Trains, The By Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover 1952
The Beauty Of Old Trains By Hamilton Ellis Hard Cover Copyright 1952    147 Pages
THIS has been in some ways the most difficult book the present author has yet attempted, and in others the easiest. It has been difficult because the qualities of beauty in man-made things are more susceptible to controversy than any amount of other virtues. Ordinarily quiet and donnish gentlemen will engage in ferocious argument, descending to barrack-room standards of personal insult, over the relative merits of Beowulf and the Odyssey; normally amiable painters will menace one another with marlsticks, strike noses and pull beards, when the work of Matisse and of Picasso enters the conversation. So it is even with locomotives. The present author and a friend of his, both esteeming themselves as peaceable characters, once engaged in a truly disgraceful brawl in the middle of Fort William, Inverness-shire, on a Sunday morning, and the subject of their difference was that of Midland compounds.
It bodes little good, with some people, for the present book. The author rushes to suggest that appreciation of beauty is less, than some would believe, a matter of accepting axiomatic rules and conventions of this kind or that, and far more a personal thing. Therefore he offers the opinions following as purely personal ones, with which every reader is entitled to disagree, without offence being given or taken. Therein lies his reason, and his apology, for the inclusion of personal reminiscences and snatches of autobiography which might be considered out of place in a serious book on a serious subject. These passages have formed the easy part.

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