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The Art of Successful Letter Writing Part 5
Various writers on the subject of letter writing have (and rightfully) placed great stress on the opening paragraph. My own method, in determining whether I consider a piece of printed matter worthy of the time necessary to take for perusal, is to sample it, quickly and thoroughly.
The Art of Successful Letter Writing Part 6
Imagination, we have found, is a useful tool in business writing. If you aspire to success in this field you must either have it, or you must cultivate it.
The Art of Successful Letter Writing Part 7
IN our previous chapter I dwelt upon the importance of imagination in letter writing and demonstrated, I hope, the general method of application.
What Constitutes a Better Letter
My closing advice to you is: Put more friendliness into your business letters. In human relations, friendship pays good dividends.
Charles Dickens - George Inn
I alighted from a hansom in the courtyard of this same inn, known then and now as George Inn, and gazed about me this morning in June nor did any bustling old landlady make her appearance on the opposite gallery.
Charles Dickens - In Lant Street
The location of the exact house was not difficult. Mr. Dickens is still as well known and popular with the present residents of the Borough as he was in the days when, in the height of his fame, he immortalised their streets, inns, and homes.
Charles Dickens - Number 48 Doughty Street
THE fronts, rear elevations, stoops, and area ways of the many homes in which Mr. Dickens had his sojourn would fill any ordinary sized sketch-book, leaving no room for those that housed his characters: Portsea, where he was born; Chatham; Bayham Street; Lant Street; Furnival's Inn; Chalk; Doughty Street; Devonshire Terrace; Tavistock House; Gad's Hill where he died their names are legion...
Charles Dickens - The George And Vulture
THERE are nooks and cracks and crannies in London Town through which you can hardly squeeze your way with a wheel-barrow, let alone a cab or hansom. The little crooked turn to the left a footway that leads to and fronts the George and Vulture is one of them.
Charles Dickens - The Bull At Rochester
Not to have dropped one's luggage at The Bull, in Rochester, is to be counted outside the pale of good society. Half the nobility of England, to say nothing of distinguished commoners from every part of the Empire, have enjoyed its hospitality.
Charles Dickens - London Bridge
And some of this is true of London, not only in its squares, parks, and gardens, gay with trees and flowering shrubs, but along the Great Embankment, where the stone-and-iron monsters wade knee-deep in the Thames, their broad backs freighted with countless multitudes.
Charles Dickens - St. Martin's In The Fields
A slant has been given to the street on which the old church stands, and St. Martin's Lane has been widened and straightened until it can dip the more gracefully into Trafalgar Square and so on to the Strand.
Charles Dickens - Covent Garden Market
Many and many a pleasant stroll they had in Covent Garden Market: snuffing up the perfume of the fruits and flowers, wondering at the magnificence of the pineapples and melons.
Charles Dickens - The Fountain In Fountain Court
No Bobby, on this June day, helped me in my search to find the fountain in Fountain Court. The law of the metropolis and the tramp of its guardians stop just outside the arched gate giving on Fleet Street.
Charles Dickens - John Forster's House
Newcastle House, the residence of the great Duke of Newcastle, built by Inigo Jones in 1686, still stands erect in its impressive aloofness; Lindsay House, the home of the Earl of Lindsay, that dates from 1668, shows almost the same façade given in an old print.
Charles Dickens - The Vestry Of St. George's Church
She did not tell me that Mr. Dickens, who, as a boy, lived in this Borough and therefore knew the inside and outside of St. George's Church.
Charles Dickens - The Thames
To understand why the damp, mouldy, waterside life of the Thames should have so strongly appealed to Mr. Dickens, it is only necessary to follow in his footsteps, especially when the tide is out — and a mighty tide it is.
Charles Dickens - Stapel Inn
ONE cold, raw November day, some two years ago, when at work on the Thackeray series, I leaned over the half-door of the janitor's quarters, located just inside the arch-way leading to the first quadrangle of Staple Inn.
Charles Dickens - All Year Round
THE auctioneer, famous the world over for holding the last rites over the mortuary remains of many a defunct library, was positive that the offices of All the Year Round were on the corner some few streets above and that I couldn't miss it.
Charles Dickens - Westminter Abbey
And yet none of this seems to have impressed Mr. Dickens — not in this same way — nor would he have chosen Westminster Abbey as his last resting-place could he have been consulted.
Palestrina
Palestrina's end came February 2, 1594. He died in Rome, a devout Christian, and on his coffin were engraved the simple but splendid words : Prince of Music.
John Sebastian Bach
Bach was laid to rest in the churchyard of St. John's at Leipsic, but no stone marks his resting place. Only the town library register tells that Johann Sebastian Bach, Musical Director and Singing Master of the St. Thomas School, was carried to his grave July 30, 1750.
George Frederick Handel
The boy's name was George Frederick Handel, and he was born in the German town of Halle, February 23, 1685. Almost from infancy he showed a remarkable fondness for music. His toys must be able to produce musical sounds or he did not care for them.
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Gluck passed away on November 15, 1787, honored and beloved by all. The simple beauty and purity of his music are as moving and expressive today as when it was written, and the Michael of Music speaks to us still in his operas, whenever they are adequately performed.
Josef Haydn
Full of years and honors, respected and be-loved, Father Haydn passed away. As Vienna was at that time in the hands of the French, he was given a very simple burial.
Wolfgang Mozart
Wolfgang, not content with merely learning the piano, begged to study the violin also. His violin lessons had hardly begun when one evening his father and two friends were about to play a set of six trios, composed by Wentzl, one of the players.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven passed from this plane March 26, 1827, having recently completed his fifty-sixth year, and was laid to rest in the Waring Cemetery near Vienna. Unlike Mozart, he was buried with much honor.
Carl Maria Von Weber
Weber was buried in London. His last wish—to return home,—was finally fulfilled. Eighteen years after, his remains were brought to Dresden, and the composer was at last at home.
Franz Schubert
Beside this there is a marble tablet fastened above the doorway, which says that Franz Schubert was born in this house. At the right of his name is placed a lyre crowned with a star, and at the left a laurel wreath within which is placed the date, January 31, 1797.
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
MENDELSSOHN has often been named Felix the Happy, and he truly deserved the title. Blest with a most cheerful disposition, with the power to make friends of every one he met.
Robert Schumann
MANY of the composers whose life stories we have read were surrounded by musical atmosphere from their earliest years; Robert Schumann seems to have been an exception.
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