laughed all these away, as Cervantes
smiled away Spain
's chivalry; and now Dickens
himself is set aside by critics as boisterous in his fun and maudlin in his sentiment.
All teaches us that fame is, in numberless cases, the most fleeting of all harvests; that it is, indeed, like parched corn, which must be eaten while it is smoking hot or not at all.
If, however, an author holds his public by virtue of his essential thought, rather than by his mode of utterance, he may achieve the real substance of fame, although his very name be forgotten, because that thought may transfuse other minds.
Many men, like Channing
, make their views so permeate the thoughts of their time that, while their books pass partially out of sight, their work goes on. Five different reprints of Channing
appeared in London
in a single year; and the English
issue of Parker
's works remains the only complete one.
Again, writers of equal ability may vary immensely in their power of producing quotable passages on which their names may float.
No one can help noticing the number of pages occupied by Pope
, for instance, in every dictionary of quotations — a number quite out of proportion