What requires the preface?
In any book the preface are the first and at the same time last thing; it or serves as a composition purpose explanation, or a justification and the answer on criticism. But ordinary to readers of business is not present to the moral purpose and to journal attacks and therefore they do not read prefaces. And it is a pity...
(M. Yu. Lermontov) of
These lines are the preface to Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov`s story “The hero of our time“. Yes, in the preface Lermontov tells that it is a pity that the Russian people pass such important component of the book as the preface (I do not know, as there abroad).
The beginning of the book, that is “preface“, or “from the author“, or “introduction“, very many readers ignore. Especially if see that this part of the book rather big on volume. In vain! If it was not so necessary and important, then nobody would begin to place it in the book which is read by millions which has to carry on dialogue with the reader.
In general, that such preface? I asked this question to Dahl`s dictionary what that answered me that this introduction, an explanation of the subsequent text. If the preface is not read, then it is no wonder that you can not understand contents, a plot or sense of the book; it is no wonder what in the head can appear questions more, than answers!
That dialogue begins with the preface. This part of the book - too small, in something the independent composition, any. In big collections of compositions (for example, L. Tolstoy, A. Chekhov, A. Pushkin both others great and not really writers and poets) the small biography of the creator of fine works which you showed willingness to read becomes the beginning of volume.
The biography will help to understand more deeply the writer whose works you are going to read. You will be able to understand why the author chose such development of a plot, but not other. You will manage to experience more deeply all experiences and feelings of the writer which he had in a time of writing of the ingenious creation. It goes with all the heart, hearts and lives about which it is told in the preface.
Also the author can write introduction. In it he will tell about the purpose of the creation, something will explain that its work was more clear and was more simply perceived by the reader. When writing the preface the author already begins mental dialogue with the future reader therefore it treats this business responsibly and seriously.
Each pupil, I think, at the beginning of academic year itself or with the teacher in a class reads introduction to the textbook. Here he can understand approximately in advance what it will be told in the textbook about and to be prepared mentally for subjects of the forthcoming lessons.
Earlier I never read prefaces, it seemed to me that it is an excess waste of time that it is not necessary at all and it is not interesting. Passing the first pages, I began to read the main text of the new book on even the crackling leaves at once. But quite recently understood importance and some importance of introduction and surely I read it.
Also you know, it became much more interesting to read that after the preface.