Journey in Life: 07/08/15

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"Man of letters" nghĩa là gì?

Girl writing - Federal Coffee Palace, GPO, Elizabeth Street. Photo courtesy Alpha.

'Man of letters' có từ letter là chữ cái, mẫu từ, số nhiều letters là văn chương; và vì thế cụm từ này nghĩa là nhà văn, văn sĩ.

Ví dụ
A man of letters but few words, he seldom (hiếm khi) goes out and has resigned (từ bỏ) to not comment on most things.

And so the world was “simple” for this ambitious (tham vọng) man of letters who attacked Shakespeare as well as the Bible before his aristocratic (quý tộc, quý phái) salon.

She is one of the most important minds of her generation and mine, and, theoretically, the opportunity to gain insight (sự hiểu biết sâu sắc, sự sáng suốt) into the woman of letters’ more minor, daily thoughts would be a gift.

The memoirs of Saint-Simon, a duke (công tước) by inheritance and man of letters, bear bitter witness to the social transformation: He [Louis] was well aware that though he might crush a nobleman (nhà quý tộc) with the weight of his displeasure, he could not destroy him or his line, whereas a secretary of state or other such minister could be reduced together with his whole family to those depths of nothingness from which he had been elevated. No amount of wealth or possessions would avail him then.

Phạm Hạnh