By H. L MENCKEN
EVERY now and then, a sense of the futility of their daily endeavors falling suddenly upon them, the critics of Christendom turn to a some- what sour adn depressing consideration of the nature and objects of their own craft. That is to say, they turn to criticizing criticism. What is it in plain words? What is its aim, exactly stated in legal terms? How far can it go? What good can it do? What is its normal effect upon the artist and the work of art?
Such a spell of sel-searching has been in progress for several years past, and the critics of various countries have contributed theories of more or less lucidity and plausibility to the discussion. Their views of their own art, it appears, are quite as divergent as their views____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Criticism in America, Its Functions and Status:Essays. Contributors: Irving Babbitt - Author, Van Wyck Brooks - Author, W. C. Brownell - Author, Ernest Boyd - Author, H. L. Mencken - Author, Stuart P. Sherman - Author, J. E. Spingarn - Author, George F. Woodberry - Author. Publisher: Harcourt, Brace. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1924. Page number: 176.
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