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This article is, as such, neither fact nor an accepted and acknowledged verity of any kind, manner or way. It is merely an opinion of the writer's, and an element of his disposition. The allusions and information included in it are the sum of personal belief and researched designs, on the part of its writer, other involved parties, and noted scholars, who have, over the years, come to feel that what it entails is more or less a relevant and important characteristic of the artistic landscape that has proved to constitute such an unequivocal and integral part of society, human civilization and existence. All that it pertains and all that it may come to mean in the reader's eyes is merely subjective and open to interpretation, appraisal and further opinion. Any comments would be more than welcomed by the writer and distributor and further assessment of its traits are, undoubtedly, expected and imminent.
Human perception, although eternally and inherently biased and reflective of time, structure and situation, is all that we have and all that we can come to admit as some, albeit unproven and purely speculative, icon of reality and model of understanding. We cannot decide whether that which we call truth is really truth or merely appears that way to us. But what we can decide and dictate, given the liberty of choice and moral judgment and reason, is the way in which we live our lives and who, what, where, when, why and how its direction and consequence effects . If that is the only term that man deems fit to accept us undeniably true, it is well enough. The books and the writers who have written them have come from a formative and multifaceted age of human thought ranging from the early-middle ages of reason all the way to the present. They differ in many way, but the one element that they all have in common, the one thing they all appeal for and ring with is the melodious hymns of human expression, the search for some nature of purpose, and the desire to find solace or understanding in the human mind and the world
We, in many ways, think it neither preposterous nor ingenious, that a good deal of what we come across in literature, and indeed in life is merely speculative on both the writer's and the reader's behalf. Barring such works that seek, merely, to list and inform the reader of particular concepts and outlooks, a lot of what we see and do is dependent on our own untrustworthy tools of perception. Life pertains throughout literature. Life is all that there is and all that there ever will be. The late 19th Century and, even more particularly, the 20th Century can be justly recognized as a time when man began to pull away from the realm of the purely imaginative and overly romantic - the realm of spiritual and `higher' force and action - and came to deal with the real issues, the real individual. Existentialism comes to mind when we consider this particular point. Thought and writing both complement one another as...