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Bacon's Essays: Of True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates

Of True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates wins the Longest Title Prize in the Francis Bacon essay contest, to be…

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Bacon's Essays: Of Expense

Of Expense is a short one. Its brevity makes me laugh, because Francis Bacon was a notorious spendthrift. He simply…

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Bacon's Essays: Of Friendship

From Gessner’s Animalium Of Friendship starts out very oddly, as if in the middle of a…

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Bacon's Essays: Of Seeming Wise

Allegory of the wise man and the wise woman, Cornelis_Anthonisz. c._1530. Note the misogyny: the wise…

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Bacon's Essays: Of Dispatch

Dispatch is one of those delightful words whose meanings have clung close to their origin, in both their nominal and…

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Bacon's Essays: Of Innovations

This essay, Of Innovations, is a strange one. The language is dense and the meanings of many words have altered, so…

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