The Princeton Review, Vol. 38

The Princeton Review, Vol. 38 : October, 1866 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Princeton Review, Vol. 38: October, 1866 To the man of intelligence and thought, the world of art is not the same as it was to one of like power of a century ago. Not that great art is at all different now from what it was then; not that we can teach a man now by rule to write a great poem, or paint a great picture, or improvise a sublime song, or extemporize a masterly oration, any more than we can teach a lark to flap its wings by instruction out of Whewell, or a nightingale to sing according to the musical grammar of Calcott; not, above everything else, that any other than God can make the great artist, and not that any other than a great artist can produce a grand poem, or painting, or song, or ora tion; but that, given the great artist, made of God, and clothed of him with his mission, we have all this knowledge to aid him in his work, and, given the man of common sense and culture with the discerning eye, he has all this knowledge at his command to enable him to study, and understand, and give intelligent judgment concerning the artist's great productions. The two men, of the past and of the present, brought Side by side, look upon essentially the same thing, but he of the present with different and vastly clearer vision. This restless scientific activity thus reaches and employs itself in every department of thought. The educated, thinking men in every community are under its dominant influence, and though not with the masses the chief moulding force, it yet exerts more or less power of restraint and control far down among them. There is, consequently, everywhere a demand, within certain limits, for the philos0phic and the artistic in the method and form of whatever aspires to be considered a literary production before it can gain the attention of men. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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  • Paperback | 170 pages
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  • English
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