The Newspaper Press Volume 3-4

The Newspaper Press Volume 3-4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...tone is not so popular as a more flexible character. For there will always be one difficulty, namely, ias to how far public opinion will follow its guide. THE LITERARY CRITICISMS OF THE NEW YORK PRESS. (From the Bound Table.) Some of the most striking instances of this perversion of a really good quality to a really bad use are found in those columns of our daily Press in which new books are reviewed. We do not for a moment imagine that the gentlemen who write these adver--we beg their pardon, reviews, are " paid to praise." Nor can we think that they are any more ignorant of literature than the average of mankind. On the contrary, we are confident that they themselves would repel such an insinuation with quite as much contempt as it would deserve. We cheerfully admit our belief that they are acquainted with the names of many of the best writers, and that the titles of a number of the celebrated works of the time are by no means unknown to them. In the face of these facts we are not at all inclined to be so presumptuous as to inti. mate that these gentlemen do not know what they are talking about. We prefer, when such a supposition is at all consonant with appearances, to think that the indiscriminate lam librorum which in our dailies constitute so large a portion of the matter under the head of New Fublica lions is mainly attributable to the good humour of the reviewers--a good humour exhibiting, of course, some of the imperfections we have mentioned as its usual concomitants, and displaying a moiety of perversion, but a genuine, honest good humour for all that. We can imagine how disagreeable a duty it would be to say unkind things of a book without ever having opened it; to crush with iron pen the budding fame of a young author more

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