of literature into a new London
is not to be expected among us, perhaps not to be desired.
That implies a small and highly centralized civilization, whose outskirts shall be as little given to literature as the English
colonies or the French
provinces; whereas what we need is the development of a high literary life through a number of different fountain-heads.
The nation should produce its fair share of the recognized masterpieces of the world's literature-or, if you please, of the works which are still masterpieces, though unrecognized-or else, at least, of the writings that influence their time, and then become a part of the “choir invisible.”
There is promise of all this, but it can only be fulfilled by dismissing all the petty parochialism of local rivalries.
, before Mohammed's time, used to hold high festival over two things — the advent of a new poet and the birth of a colt of eminent breed.
The former festival at least we Americans
should celebrate, even if the advent of the bard should occur on the utmost border of the Aleutian Islands