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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. 1897 Excerpt: ...look to his business being carried on in an original spirit, his lists are sure to be good reading, and there is no more exciting reading (to a reviewer at all events) than a good publisher's list. Talking of reviewers, any of them will tell you that Mr. George Meredith is a dangerous model for a young writer. It is one of those arbitrary dicta which the critic with no soul of his own parrots about writers who happen to have such souls. And, of course, so far as writing is merely an affair of syntax, no doubt there is some truth in the caution. But it all depends what you set yourself to learn from Mr. Meredith. He will hardly teach you clearness of expression, but other mysteries of language perhaps more important, those mysteries that make a glory of words, that thrill them through with rapture and colour, and pathos, make them laugh with power, and flush and tingle with vitality--of such mysteries he is our greatest living master, and so much as one may divine of an artistic process essentially mysterious, the young artist may learn from his writing. Then his are the deep sweet wells of romance and laughter, ever in the great writers side by side. Truly for the most important branches of his art the young novelist could take no better master--a novelist, that is, who chances to be a poet and a humourist as well, an exceedingly rare combination. Such a novelist unmistakably is Mr. Benjamin Swift, the author of Nancy Noon (Unwin). This first book, one conjectures, is but the wilful prelude to the career of a writer who may lend a powerful hand to the rescue of the novel from its present domination by sham Scotts and imitation Maupassants, fustian on the one hand and drab on the other, and give it back once more to fantasy and passion and sentiment, that hu...
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