the same in literature.
, describing the high society of Dublin
in her day, speaks of one man as a great favorite who always entered every drawing-room by turning a somersault.
This is one way of success for an American book; but the other way, which is at least more dignified, is rarely successful except when combined with personal residence and private acquaintance.
Down to the year 1880 Lowell
was known in England
, almost exclusively, as the author of the ‘Biglow Papers
,’ and was habitually classed with Artemus Ward
and Josh Billings
, except that his audience was smaller.
The unusual experience of a diplomatic appointment first unveiled to the English
mind the all-accomplished Lowell
whom we mourn.
In other cases, as with Prescott
, there was the mingled attraction of European
manners and a European subject.
But a simple and home-loving American, who writes upon the themes furnished by his own nation, without pyrotechnics or fantastic spelling, is apt to seem to the English
mind quite uninteresting.
There is nothing which ordinarily interests Europeans less than an