Norman Douglas

Norman Douglas

Norman Douglas

Norman Douglas

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It has been found useful to disintegrate literature into varieties, just as distinctions are made in poultry, for it would not do to say chickens when we mean either Leghorns or whatever some other breed may be called. Though it is true a novel may be a form of poetry, and both verse and fiction may be, and some critics say must be, indirect ways to autobiography, yet clearly if literature were allowed to remain as simple as that it would be very confusing for everybody. Not many critics and not all professors of literature would know how and where to pick it up, when making a demonstration; and as illiterate readers and helpless students would be without skilled direction, no signpost anywhere, they might by chance take a book, worthy to be called a book, and not give a thought to its class . . .

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