Coulson Kernahan Wise Men and A Fool

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This collection of Essays on some literary men and women of our time is extremely agreeable reading for all to whom the subjects thereof are dear. We must deprecate Mr. Kernahan's modesty in assigning to himself the place he does in the title— the origin of which is a saying of Heine, "Wise men think out new thoughts, and fools proclaim them." But, as the author explains in his prefatory apology, he is seeking a title that shall be remembered, and such words as Studies, Essays, Literature, and Criticism are used to exhaustion. His papers —all of which in some form or another have before appeared —are of rather unequal merit. The first, upon Robert Louis Stevenson, adds little that the true lover of Stevenson will find illuminating.

Upon the subject of the second paper, Dr. George MacDonald — "A Child of the Kingdom," as Mr. Kernahan calls him — he utters some sound and useful criticism. Few people, perhaps, now-a-days, read MacDonald's novels, but they have exercised a profound influence in their time as books of pure and poetical religious teaching. "Strictly speaking" says Mr. Kernahan, "he is not a novelist at all. That he has written such successful novels as, for instance that noble book Robert Falconer, proves only his versatility as a man of letters. He can do anything with the point of a pen except keep to the point of a story. Take the plot out of this or that novel of the day, and what is left is scarce worth remembering. Do the same with one of Dr. MacDonald's novels, and, by most of us, the plot will not be greatly missed. He is primarily a poet, a seer, and a preacher; and if he have elected to be a fiction maker for that House of Entertainment over which Mr. Mudie presides, be sure that he will somehow contrive to smuggle in a sermon between the leaves."

Among the remaining studies, two of the papers call for especial mention. All persons unacquainted with the verses of Locker-Lampson and Theodore Watts-Dunton must owe Mr. Kernahan a debt of gratitude for an introduction to this pair of modern singers. From the first, whom he calls "A Society Poet," the author quotes several dainty verses, mainly from the London Lyrics and Patch Work. From the "Nature Poet," he gives us seven exquisite sonnets, among them "A sleepless night in Venice," one of the finest of Watts-Dunton's love-poems.

In the article entitled "A Haunted House," Mr. Kernahan reviews the tragedy of the three Bronte sisters, and makes them each live again before us in his sympathetic pictures of " Charlotte Bronte wrestling with death for the life of her two loved sisters, and with a worse fate than death for the soul of her unhappy and dissolute brother." From the Brontës, he passes to "Mrs. Browning and the Ever Womanly," and thence to ' A Poet who was not a Poet'—Emerson—of whom a fine portrait is given as Frontispiece to the book. Indeed, the collection of photographs of Browning, Tennyson, Carlyle, Keats, in addition to the above mentioned, add much to the value of this little volume. It is well-printed in large type upon excellent paper, and would make an admirable gift-book for young men or women interested in modern classics and modern literature.

Essex Review, Vol. 10 [1901]

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