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[226] of literature into a new London or Paris 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. The Arabs, 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.

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