The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

By: Holmes, Oliver Wendell

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The spine ends are soft and the corners show moderate wear. ; This book is a collection of essays written by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. The essays were originally published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1857 and 1858 before being collected in book form. The author had written two essays with the same name which were published in the earlier The New-England Magazine in November 1831 and February 1832, which are alluded to in a mention of an "interruption" at the start of the very first essay. The essays are chiefly one-sided dialogue between the unnamed Author and the other residents of a New England boarding house who are known only by their profession, location at the table or other defining characteristics. The topics discussed range from an essay on the unexpected benefits of old age to the finest place to site a dwelling and comments on the nature of conversation itself. The tone of the book is distinctly Yankee and takes a seriocomic approach to the subject matter. (Wikipedia) There is an autobiography of a few pages in the beginning. The book includes a frontispiece with tissue. There is an index; the cloth is black with gold print and a gold stamp on the front with a blind stamp on the back. The page tops are gilt. Each essay typically ends with a poem on the theme of the essay. There are also poems ostensibly written by the fictional disputants scattered throughout. ; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" tall; 321 pages

Title: The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

Author: Holmes, Oliver Wendell

Categories: essays,

Edition: 47th Edition

Publisher: New York, NY, Houghton Mifflin & Co.: 1886

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 004427

Keywords: Oliver Wendell Holmes Essays Boarding House Poetry The AUTOCRAT OF THE BREAKFAST TABLE 00,