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V A cosmopolitan standard It has lately become the fashion in the United States to talk of the cosmopolitan standard as the one thing needful; to say that formerly American authors were judged by their own local tribunals, but henceforth they must be appraised by the world's estimate. The trouble is, that for most of those who reason in this way, cosmopolitanism does not really mean the world's estimate, but only the judgment of Europe—a judgment in which America itself is to have no vo
American sometimes hears admissions in Europe which make him feel that we are already creating a standard, not waiting to be judged by one.
The most variously accomplished literary critic in England, the late Mark Pattison, said to me of certain American books then lately published, Is such careful writing appreciated in the United States?
It would not be in England.
On the shores of a new continent, then, there was already a standard which was in one respect better than the cosmopolitan