William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams

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The critic who attempts a full-length critical estimate of a living writer exposes himself to charges of partiality if his conclusions are favorable, or, if his conclusions are unfavorable, to those of prejudice. In either case, he is exposed to the real possibility that he may be too close to his subject, a situation which may result in a distortion of perspective. But this is not nearly so dangerous to either critic or subject as some would have it. Criticism is not written as a signature for eternity but as a discipline in extending the limits of that receptivity with which the reader approaches the work criticized. Thus, the critic's first job is to develop the reader's ear so that it responds to the artist's personal voice and idiom.

This book was written without Dr. Williams' knowledge, although I have often talked with him about his work and have read various unpublished manuscripts in his possession.

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