Brookiana Volume 2

Brookiana Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1804 edition. Excerpt: ...solid reasons. For, lst. It is ten '-to one but you are in the 'Tight; there being at leastten bad productions yubhshed every day, for one good one. 2dl3, Because finding fault implies aylain superiority of genius. And whata fine light is a man seen in, When his genius is asserting to itself a bold superiority over every other! the very claim is a good' foundation of eminence. Claim boldly, then, for criticism hath, in this respect, some resemblance to calumny; and, indeed, is so like it, in some hands, that none but an adebt can distinguish them; and you know the rule, calumm'are fortiter (in English cri!icise boldly) and something will certainly adhere, both to yourself and to your author. _ Besides this, such a conduct is a strong presumption of right; for, who can he ima gined so imnudent as to claim, without some coiour of justice? and, therefore, the bolder your claim is the better; if you are importunate and persist, it is ten to one but the world and the author too, will be glad at length to compound the matter with you, upon thefoot of an Irish reference, and give up one half to secure the rest. r It is a clear. consequence from this rule, you-should_ always censure those works must: 0: rich are thought most to excel. For, since criticism is a claim of superiority, what have you to do but to raise your claim as high as you can, since your right must always rise with it P no man ever-arrived to any great eminence above others, -from the back of an ass, or the shoulders of a dwarf; A true critic is. a true emblem of that stately, majestic animal, who never fails to raise his crest, burnish his gills, distend his dewlap, and swell his breast with a becomirig indignation, at the first sight of that proud-colour, that more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236945867
  • 9781236945860