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Product Details

  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Herald Press (September 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836192052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836192056
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This newly edited... classic... is an important read.... Eric...puts the fine prose into modern English...with careful accuracy. -- Living the Solution (reviewer Tom Gilbert)

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Penn's wise reflections have demonstrated their value over time; they have remained continuously in print for over 300 years. However, with the changes in language of the past 300 years, Penn's writings have become increasingly hard to understand. Taylor's careful editing into contemporary language enables Penn's voice to once again be heard in it's simplicity and timelessness—sharing his fruits of solitude.

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An easy read but weighty thoughts.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P Dandelion on October 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
Eric Taylor's new book on William Penn gives a welcome introduction to the values and writings of thie emminent Quaker. the book consists of a biography of Penn, a handy bibliography for more in-depth reading, and [...] extracts from one of Penn's major works, 'The Fruits of Solitude', all in modern English. Taylor has gone to great lengths to make the tranlstion to the modern idiom accurate and whilst the endeavour will dishearten purists (and others will feel that the spirituality of the text has been diminished), it makes the text more accessible. As such, this is a book aimed at a wide readership, anyone indeed who wishes to partake of Penn's wisdom on leading a good life. Penn is more remembered for his deeds than his writing but he was very influential in shaping the Quaker movement in a new direction at the end of the seventeenth century and this popular and well-priced reader presents his thought in an attractive and carefully crafted way.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gbapa2 on July 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
The wisdom of William Penn is more accessible with this book which puts Penn's words into modern English. I loved many of Penn's sayings and found them still thought provoking and inspiring today.
A short, but clear historical introduction gives the reader a better sense of Penn's times.
Highly recommend. An easy read but weighty thoughts.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ed Winslow on July 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
I loved Taylor's historical introduction. It really opened things up for me; I didn't have a clue about what was happening back then, and it really set the work in context. Penn was fascinating; this introduction left me wanting to know more about him. Unlike some contemporary writers, here's a guy giving wise advice who's really lived it. Penn's Fruits of Solitude are a very enjoyable collection of contemplative, proverbial insights...good material to muse on. I normally find older writings difficult, but Taylor's editing has made this very readable. Highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scot E. Magann on June 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Penn's wisdom was timeless and practical. The truth that scored three hundred years ago is still hitting the mark today. Mr. Taylors' modern language edition sharpens the point for modern readers and helps the spiritual truths penetrate. Without the barrier of archaic language, Penn shines through all the more.
The historical introduction alone makes this book a good buy. Mr. Taylor has boiled a sea of Biographical information into a salty context that gives the reflections a better flavor.
Get it! Read it! Do it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Briana M. Jeffers on July 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Some Fruits of Solitude by William Penn is a hardcover reprint of the 1907 edition printed in London by Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd. I appreciate that Master Books retained the look for the original book. They even reproduced the rough page edges.

Some of the topics covered in Part 1 are Pride, Discipline, Friendship, Moderation and Religion. Part 2(More Fruits of Solitude) includes The World's Able Man, Of Envy, Of Conduce in Speech, Of Jealousy and many more. Each section contains from a few to many maxims on each topic. The original introductions and prefaces are included.

I have enjoyed reading a few maxims from this little book each day. I find the maxims a helpful tool to think over a topic. I read a bit from the book as part of my morning Bible study and journal time. This is a book I will use over and over gain especially when I need something to push me towards living a better, more thoughtful life.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric K. Taylor on December 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I like Penn and what he has to say. But for the average reader, the early modern English is, while often intelligible, also often easy to misunderstand without knowing it. For example, when Penn says that he thinks there should be a tax on pride (and since there is so much of it, the government would never cease to be well funded), it is intelligible, but most modern readers simply don't know that "pride" meant "luxury" in Penn's day: Penn is advocating tax on luxury items, not on prideful attitude. And when Penn gives guidelines for "conversation," how many modern readers know that "conversation" meant lifestyle? There are many hundreds of words whose meaning has slightly changed since Penn wrote, so for the average reader, the Herald press version that's been translated into contemporary language is the better option. (It's like reading the NIV instead of the KJV; you'll get more out of it.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Goetz on December 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
Truly a great book, but also very intense and some of the language can be difficult to understand fully. It's deceptively short, but its brevity masks a deeper difficulty that is characteristic of Penn's work. The book is complete in scope, covering every aspect of man's existence ranging from his connection with nature to business, marriage, social dexterity, political relationships, and so on. Though explicitly religious, it is grounded in a sympathetic understanding of the limitations of human capability.

For me this provides a nice contrast with Penn's Essay Towards the Present and Future Peace of Europe, which I really loved. The Essay was limited in scope and could only cover so much, whereas this book, due to its presentation, was able to provide so much more insight into Penn's value system.
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