The Cosmopolitan Volume 11

The Cosmopolitan Volume 11

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...Lemaitre found it easy to prove that when M. Zola asserted that the novel of the future should be naturalistic or nothing, he decreed the annihilation of his own stories, which are not compounded according to the naturalistic prescription of their author. Probably, however, this example would not move Thoreau, for it is at least open to doubt whether he would accept any one of M. Zola's novels as "a truly good book." Although there is now in the fiction of our language no towering personality like that of Thackeray, of Hawthorne or of George Eliot, there has never been a time when the novel was more abundantly and successfully cultivated. Nor has there ever been a time when the average novel achieved so high a level. And of personalities, if not towering, at least rising above the ordinary stature of man, there are not a few. In Great Britain there is Mr. Robert Louis Stevenson, brightest and briskest of story tellers--but who so bold as to suggest that any phrase of his might be unconscious? There is Mr. George Meredith, in the dark aphorisms of whose Pilgrim's Scrip many profess to find a keen delight. There is Mr. Thomas Hardy--and perhaps his are the tales our grandchildren will cherish most of any of our time. There are others of a wider popularity, it may be, but popular favor comes and goes in the twinkling of an eye; and he who makes the public wink today may put them to sleep tomorrow. Where Sir Walter Scott slew his thousands, Mr. Rider Haggard has slain his ten thousands; but there was once an author of Guy Livingstone, apostle of muscular paganism, and where is he now? There are others who have the red of a penny writer, and where will they be in a week or a fortnight? That profound student of humanity, Mr....show more

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  • Paperback | 382 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 680g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236906101
  • 9781236906106