Take almost any passage from the essays of Bacon or of Lamb and ask even a dull student to identify it and, a hundred to one, he will do so correctly.
But modern’ prose writers write almost alike, with few personal whimsies and little individuality. Ward, the enlistment of essayists by newspapers has had the following two effects: And, second, it has compelled the essayists to accept a discipline which was quite irksome but useful insofar as it trained them to write regularly to fill a predetermined space in an organ.
Witticisms, epigrams, satiric sallies and ingenious paradoxes are recurring features of his prose.
As an example of paradox consider his remark about the French Revolution: “The greatest event in English history occurred outside England.” How odd, but how true!
one who was against state control of property and wanted it to be distributed equitably among deserving individuals).
Shaw was very lean whereas Chesterton was very corpulent.
The robust urbanity and sophistication of Lucas made him unlike Lamb Lucas’s essays and ‘entertainments’ are marked by fancy, literary artifice, common sense, and humour.
Yet his humour, though in general kindly, is sometimes savage.”Gardiner, or “Alpha of the Plough,” was also a journalist as well an essayist of note.
He made his mark with his contributions to the Daily News.
As an essayist he has a tremendous range, and he has always something original and startling to say about everything.