The Mantle and Other Storie

The Mantle and Other Storie

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"[...]the process carefully depicted, but I do not like this class of writing; madness is one of those misfortunes which arouse pity but which disgust at the same time. Doubtless, by introducing a madman in his story an author is sure of producing an effect. It causes to vibrate a cord which is always susceptible; but it is a cheap method, and Gogol's gifts are such as to be able to dispense with having resort to such. The portrayal of lunatics and dogs-both of whom can produce an irresistible effect-should be left to tyros. It is easy to extract tears from a reader by breaking a poodle's paw. Homer's only excuse, in my opinion, for making us weep at the mutual recognition of the dog Argus and Ulysses, is because he was, I think, the first to discover the resources which the canine race offers to an author at a loss for expedients. I hasten to go on to a small masterpiece, "An Old-time Household." In a[...]."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 200g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507526997
  • 9781507526996

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