early academic training; I think that it is unsafe to let our criticism stop here.
We need the advantage of the background; the flavor of varied cultivation; the depth of soil that comes from much early knowledge of a great many books.
This does not involve pedantry, although it is possible to be pedantic even in fiction, as Victor Hugo
's endless and tiresome soliloquizers show.
The deeper the sub-soil is, the more diligently the farmer must break it up; he must not prefer a shallower loam to save trouble in ploughing.
The two things must be combined,—intellectual capital and labor; accumulation and manipulation; background and foreground.
's fame rests partly on the three folio volumes of materials which he collected before beginning the Spectator;
but it rests also on the lightness of touch that made him Addison