Cyrano de Bergerac


The critic of literature has no more difficult task than that of appraising properly a work that has achieved current success to an eminent degree. Such a work needs no interpreter or introducer, because it has already introduced itself. It does not lend itself readily to calm judgment, both because the critic is liable to be influenced by the same enthusiasm that has affected the general public, and because, on the other hand, if he has not been so influenced, he is likely to be overanxious to prove his own independence, and is thus in danger of becoming captious and unjust. Yet it is obvious that if there be any good in criticism, successful authors, who presumably will become still greater public benefactors, ought to get the benefit of it, while the reader who is in danger of being misled by his enthusiasm should be set straight at once. Hence contemporary criticism of all books, successful or unsuccessful, is practically indispensable, and hence it . . .

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1899


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