Here is Don Kyrieleison of Montalvan, a valiant knight, and his brother Thomas of Montalvan, and the knight Fonseca, with the battle the bold Tirante fought with the mastiff, and the witticisms of the damsel Placerdemivida, and the loves and wiles of the widow Reposada, and the empress in love with the squire Hipolito- in truth, gossip, by right of its style
it is the best book in the world.
The jealousies and heart-burnings thus occasioned among these so-styled children of nature are equally intense with those of the rival leaders of style
and fashion in the luxurious abodes of civilized life.
Heretofore our author's style
was rough in places, but marvellously simple and direct.
of dress was nearly the same as in the days of Captain Cook.
Anne had always thought such a style
of intercourse highly imprudent; but she had ceased to endeavour to check it, from believing that, though there were on each side continual subjects of offence, neither family could now do without it.
Allow me to tell you that by-and-by this style
of workmanship will be the only one in vogue--half-a-crown, you said?
But this attempt at Goldsmith's manner followed a long time after I tried to write in the style
of Edgar A.
Saintsbury's well-considered Specimens of English Prose Style
, from Malory to Macaulay (Kegan Paul), a volume, as we think, which bears fresh witness to the truth of the old remark that it takes a scholar indeed to make a  good literary selection, has its motive sufficiently indicated in the very original "introductory essay," which might well stand, along with the best of these extracts from a hundred or more deceased masters of English, as itself a document or standard, in the matter of prose style
And it is a whirlwind life, the life of the moment, with neither past nor future, and certainly without thought of any style
but reportorial style
, and that certainly is not literature.
Yet his style
, for the most part devoid alike of artifice and art, almost baldly simple and direct, seems hardly compatible with the disingenuousness of a merely literary intention; one would call it the manner of one more concerned for the fruits of research than for the flowers of expression.
If they continued to sing like their great predecessor of romantic themes, they were drawn as by a kind of magnetic attraction into the Homeric style
and manner of treatment, and became mere echoes of the Homeric voice: in a word, Homer had so completely exhausted the epic genre, that after him further efforts were doomed to be merely conventional.
The most thoroughgoing of all distinctions in literature, as in the other Fine Arts, is that between (1) Substance, the essential content and meaning of the work, and (2) Form, the manner in which it is expressed (including narrative structure, external style
, in poetry verse-form, and many related matters).