The American Mind

The American Mind

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The American Mind

The American Mind

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An editorial in the Spring field Republican points out that the low standard of American writing is due, not to any lack of technical training, but to minds made flabby by "soft " courses and "lazy trifling with current fiction." Given minds of this sort, no amount of technical discipline will produce good writing; for, "important as it is, and to be encouraged in every way, formal instruction in the art of writing must always be secondary to education for wide culture and vigorous thinking. Good writing is mainly a matter of robust intellectual appetite and digestion employed upon matters that produce self-expression." With the hope that this intellectual spirit may, to some extent, be cultivated by the study of virile modern writers, these Riverside Essays have been selected. It is believed that the student may be more effectively trained in the art of writing by contact with . . .

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