The Westminster Abbey of a book catalogue
visitor enters Westminster Abbey
prepared to be hushed in awe before the multitude of great names.
To his amazement he finds himself vexed and bored with the vast multiplicity of small ones.
He must approach the Poets' Corner itself through avenues of Browns
, and Robinsons
It seems that even Westminster Abbey
affords no test of greatness, nor do any of the efforts to ascertain it by any other test succeed much better.
The balloting in various newspapers for ‘the best hundred authors’ or ‘the forty immortals’ has always turned out to be limited by the constituency of the particular publication which attempted the experiment; or sometimes even by the action of jocose cliques, combining to force up the vote of pet candidates.
As regards American authors, the great ‘Library ’