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. 1841. Excerpt: ... and you should have gone on with your quotation: 'But following wits from that intention stray'd, Who could not win the mistress, woo'd the maid; Against the poets their own arms they turn'd--Sure to hate most the men from whom they learn'd.'" "But why hate?" asked I. "That is the question I should like to have solved." "It is solvable," said Granville, "by the one single word Contemporary. People in general do not hate the dead; nor even the hving, when removed from the sphere of rivalry or adverse interest. Criticism, then, is prompted by a real love and taste for literature, and a real desire to promote its interests. At any rate, the critics have no wish to exhibit any one but the author. A modern reviewer, of the character we have been investigating, whatever his taste for literature, is chiefly swayed by his personal feeling in regard to the writer; the interest he chiefly espouses is that of the shop; and the person he most wishes to exhibit is--himself." In the same spirit with this remark, the acute and thinking Lord Dudley (himself a reviewer) says, in one of his letters to the Bishop of Llandaff, recently published, "If any branch of the public administration were as 'infamously jobbed' as the Reviews, it must soon fall a victim to the just indignation of the world." See also an able pamphlet called, " Reviewers Reviewed," by Mr. O'Reid. "Literature itself," he states, "interests but few, though it employs so many more. Its honours are degraded; its pleasures are but little understood; it has assumed a commercial character, and is esteemed in this light. It has fallen a prey to criticism." These observations of Granville, the result of much experience, as well as natural sagacity, to say nothing of an enviable sang-froid, which enabled him to ...
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