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THE NEW YORK "ROUND TABLE.” The Dean's book occasioned a great deal of comment in England when it was first published, but nothing that will compare with Mr. Moon's little book, which contains some of the best specimens of verbal criticism that we have ever seen.
THE MORNING ADVERTISER. It is one of the smartest pieces of prose-criticism that we have chanced to meet with for many a day.
THE JOURNAL OF SACRED LITERATURE. It is one of the smartest pieces of criticism that we ever read.
It is not only admirable as a specimen of critical style, but it abounds with suggestions which no man in his senses can undervalue: more than this, it is a delightful example of good writing.
THE CHRISTIAN News. Mr. Moon's letters are models of English composition, and are so full of animation, so sharp, lively and trenchant, that it is quite a treat to read them. He has, with a precision and an elegance which are unsurpassed in any writings, rendered a dry and forbidding subject both pleasing and profitable. His formidable indictment of the Dean is supported with an ability and an acuteness which we have seldom seen excelled.
THE SOCIAL SCIENCE REVIEW. Mr. Moon well performs his self-imposed task: he evinces a fine sense of discernment of the niceties of language: and while severely criticising the sentences of his opponent, shows that he, himself, knows how to write in a remarkably clear, terse, and vigorous style.
THE WESTMINSTER REVIEW. The Dean has laid himself open to criticism as much for bad taste as for questionable syntax. His style of writing is awkward and slovenly, that of his antagonist remarkably terse and clear, and bearing witness to a sensitiveness of ear and taste which are glaringly deficient in his opponent.
THE ENGLISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATION. We advise all our readers to see Mr. Moon's reply. Written in pure, forcible, elegant, and classic Englishperfect in composition and punctuation; and, in its gentlemanly dignity, so opposed to the slipshod, half vulgar easiness of the Dean's * Plea'-it merits the attention of all students of our tongue.
THE LONDON QUARTERLY REVIEW. Mr. Moon knows the secrets of both the strength and the grace of his own tongue.
THE DUBLIN REVIEW. Even practised writers may here learn a lesson or two in the art of expressing themselves in their mother tongue clearly and correctly.
THE LONDON REVIEW. It is calculated to render considerable service to loose thinkers, speakers, and writers.
THE RECORD, The argument is conducted with admirable temper, and no reader can finish the volume without learning many valuable lessons in English composition, and some other things well worth knowing.
THE COURT CIRCULAR.
All who are interested in such critical discussions as are so clearly and accurately carried on in this little book will be grateful to Mr. Moon not only for much solid instruction, but for much entertainment also.
We thank Mr. Moon very cordially for what he has done, and have no hesitation in saying, that he has so far succeeded in his vindication of pure
and correct English, as opposed to that which is lax and slipshod, as to deserve the gratitude of those who, like ourselves, deem our mother tongue, in all its restraints as well as in all its liberties, to be one of the most precious inheritances of Englishmen.
THE SUNDAY TIMES. Mr. Moon has rendered a real service to literature by his exposure of Dean Alford, and we are glad to express our recognition of the value of his labours.
valuable contribution to English philology, and one of the most masterly pieces of literary criticism in the language.
It is a very
THE SOCIAL SCIENCE REVIEW.
With the air of a combatant who is confident of success, Mr. Moon plays with his antagonist before seriously commencing the fray; he then points out the Dean's errors one by one; strips him of his grammatical delusions; and leaves him at last in a forlorn state of literary nudity. THE PHONETIC JOURNAL. To those who are interested in speaking and writing good English,—and what educated person is not p—this book is full of instruction; and to those who enjoy a controversy, conducted with consummate skill and in excellent taste by a strong man, well armed, it is such a ti zat as does not fall in one's way often during a lifetime.
THE PUBLISHER'S CIRCULAR.
For ourselves, we have carefully scanned the present paragraph, but we confess to sending it to the printers, with some misgivings. If it should meet the eye of Mr. Moon, we can only trust that no latent vice of style nor any faulty piece of syntax may be found to destroy the force of our hearty acknowledgments of his talents as a writer, and of his skill in literary controversy.
THE NEW YORK “NATION." The Dean falls back upon the authority of Scripture in defence of some of his indefensible positions. But examples of bad grammar and bad construction can be found in King James's translation; and all our standard writers, not excepting even Addison himself, to the study of whose works we used to be told to give both day and night, have furnished an abundant harvest of errors for the critics. Yet there is good writing, and Mr. Moon's is good; and there is bad writing, and, in spite of the mend. ing, the Dean's is bad.