Walter de la Mare: A Biographical and Critical Study

Walter de la Mare: A Biographical and Critical Study

Walter de la Mare: A Biographical and Critical Study

Walter de la Mare: A Biographical and Critical Study

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When the industrious Monsieur Taine's system of criticism was laid under the scalpel of Sainte- Beuve's gentle irony it became evident that the laborious method of science, the patient compilation of data from history, biography and economics, could never result finally in a satisfactory account of any writer's genius. Criticism then began to undergo a process of purging, which the erudite Signor Croce has--in the Italian fashion --carried to its logical extreme. Some critics decided for personal taste as the arbiter of artistic excellence; others, classically minded, fell back upon principles. The process has been gradual. The result of this elucidation and delimitation of criticism has been to send one critic along the path of technique and æsthetics, another into religion or philosophy, and another into social history.

Readers coming to a book which professes to give an account of so fine an artist as Mr. Walter de la Mare may very likely expect to . . .

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