such an altered origin would involve.
Let us make, for instance, the great effort of supposing Emerson
an English author and Matthew Arnold
an American; does any one suppose that Arnold
's criticisms on Emerson
would in that case have attracted very serious attention in either country?
Had Mr. Gosse
been a New Yorker, writing in a London magazine, would any one on either side of the Atlantic
have seriously cared whether Mr. Gosse
thought that contemporary England
had produced a poet?
The reason why the criticisms of these two Englishmen have attracted such widespread notice among us is that they have the accumulated literary weight—the ex oriente lux
We accept them meekly and almost reverently; just as we even accept the criticisms made on Grant
by Lord Wolseley, who is, compared to either of these generals, but a carpet knight.
It is in some such way that we must explain the meek gratitude with which our press receives it, when Mr. Bryce
apologizes for our deficiencies in the way of literature.
—whom, it is needless to say, I