Commonplace Books

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Commonplace Book - History - English
... John Locke appended his indexing scheme for commonplace books to a printing of his An Essay Concerning Human Understanding ... The commonplace tradition in which Francis Bacon and John Milton were educated had its roots in the pedagogy of classical rhetoric, and “commonplacing” persisted as a popular study ... Both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were taught to keep commonplace books at Harvard University (their commonplace books survive in published form) ...

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