Topic: Meaning of literature
Literature is purely the written record of life in the expressions of truth and beauty; it is the composed record of the soul of man, of his ideas, his feelings, his aspirations. It is the history, the one and the only history of the human spirit. It is depicted by its artistic, suggestive and permanent characteristics. Its two important tests are its personal style and its universal intrigue. Its purpose, besides the joy it gives us, is to know man, that is, the spirit of man instead of his activities; and since it beautifully preserves to the race, the beliefs on which all our civilization is established, it is one of the most important and superb subjects that the human mind can occupy.