Literary World Volume 29

Literary World Volume 29

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...critic, and Mr. Carman has already shown himself possessed of the qualities requisite to this most important work. Just now, by the way, there are signs that a new school of criticism is forming itself among the younger writers. The Atlantic Monthly may be said to have brought out Mr. John Jay Chapman, who is sure to be a force in our literature if he fulfils the promise he has already given, and the Chap Book is publishing a series of articles entitled "Revisions," in which the established authors of another generation are discussed from the point of view of the newer men, and in which one can find on the part of the writers indications of a strong and unfettered critical faculty. The paper on " Hawthorne," for example, which appeared in a recent number, was an admirable study, thoroughly sound, vigorous and fearless. We have in this country plenty of clever critical writing, but comparatively little that is carefully considered and authoritative. Consequently, the work done by such men as Mr. Carman, Mr. Chapman, and a few others deserves the heartiest encouragement. In this connection I am reminded ef a conversation I heard the other day between two literary critics as to whether critical work should or should not be signed. "I feel so strongly about the matter," one of them remarked, " that some time ago I resolved never to write an unsigned criticism again. An unsigned review of mine, if it was unfavorable, made me feel as if I had been striking one of my brother-authors in the back." The second critic took a wholly different view. "The personal element should be absolutely eliminated from criticism," he said, "and you can't eliminate it if you sign your reviews. It is very more

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  • Paperback | 586 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,034g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236962702
  • 9781236962706