Studies in Classic American Literature

Studies in Classic American Literature

Studies in Classic American Literature

Studies in Classic American Literature

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Listen to the States asserting: "The hour has struck! Americans shall be American. The U. S. A. is now grown up artistically. It is time we ceased to hang on to the skirts of Europe, or to behave like schoolboys let loose from European schoolmasters --"

All right, Americans, let's see you set about it. Go on then, let the precious cat out of the bag. If. you're sure he's in.

Et interrogatum est ab omnibus:
"Ubi est ille Toad-in-the-Hole?"
Et iterahm est ab omnibus:
"Non est inventus!"

Is he or isn't he inventus?

If he is, of course, he must be somewhere inside you, Oh American. No good chasing him over all the old continents, of course. But equally no good asserting him merely. Where is this new bird called the true American? Show us the homunculus of the new era. Go on, show us him. Because all that is visible to the naked European eye, in America, is a sort of recreant European. We want to see this missing link of the next era.

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