Excerpt from Vagaries, in Quest of the Wild and Whimsical
I have always entertained an unconquerable preju dice against those poets and novelists, who, as if there were not misery and vexation enough in the world, invariably display the darker in preference to the brighter paths of existence. We want not the aid of fiction to render us more repining and discontented, nor need the fancy and imagination be exhausted in coining bitterness and woe, when reality herself is hourly gonvincing us of her fertility. Why should we who are groaning beneath the weight of troubles, of whose existence we can have no doubt, encumber our selves with those which have no other origin than their creator's fancy?
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