By J. E. SPINGARN
WHEN I wrote the essays which a few years later were collected in a volume bearing the subtitle of "Essays on the Unity of Genius and Taste," the pedants and the professors were in the ascendant, and it seemed necessary to emphasize the side of criticism which was then in danger, the side that is closest to the art of the creator. How unimportant it seemed then to weigh and define all the phases of a critic's duty, when one of the highest moments of the life of the spirit, the moment of artistic creation, appeared, at least in America, to be so completely misunderstood. But now the professors have been temporarily routed by the dilettanti, the amateurs, and the journalists, who treat a work of the imagination____________________
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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: 287.
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