The dweller in a metropolis has the advantage, if such it be, of writing immediately for a few thousand people, all whose prejudices he knows and perhaps shares.
He writes to a picked audience; but he who dwells in a country without a metropolis has the immeasurably greater advantage of writing for an audience which is, so to speak, unpicked, and which, therefore, includes the picked one, as an apple includes its core.
One does not need to be a very great author in America
to find that his voice is heard across a continent—a thing more stimulating and more impressive to the imagination than the morning drum-beat of Great Britain
The whole vast nation, but a short time since, was simultaneously following the ‘Rise of Silas Lapham
,’ or ‘The Casting Away of Mrs. Leeks
and Mrs. Aleshine
In a few years the humblest of the next generation of writers will be appealing to a possible constituency of a hundred millions.
He who writes for a metropolis may unconsciously share its pettiness; he who writes for a hundred millions must feel some expansion in his thoughts, even though his and theirs be still crude.