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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... all. He is fond of setting
up a man of straw to act as the devil s advocate; but though this
insures a full hearing of the witnesses for the defence as well as
for the prosecution, it rarely prevents M. Lemaitre from getting
his saint, after all, when he is resolute for the beatification.
Now and again he seems indifferent, and he remains on the fence, as
we Yankees say, or rather on both sides of it at once. His attitude
then is that of a lazy judge leaving the whole burden of decision
on the jury. Yet he is prompt enough, as the essays on M. Daudet s
Immortel, on M. Zola s Reve, on Victor Hugo s Toute la Lyre, in the
fourth series, show plainly, when his opinion is clear and simple.
This is evidence, were any needed, that behind the hesitation and
the apparent indifference there is a live interest in literature, a
real love for what is true, genuine, hearty, and a sharp hatred for
shams. His hatred of shams is shown in his swift condemnation of M.
Georges Ohnet s romances, perhaps unduly ferocious in manner,
although indisputably deserved. M. Georges Ohnet is the most
popular of French novelists; his stories sell by the hundred
thousand, and he occupies the place in France which the late E. P.
Roe held in America, and which Mr. Rider Haggard long held in
England. There had been a general silence in the French press about
M. Ohnet s novels; no one praised them highly, but they pleased the
public--or, at least, the half-educated and really illiterate mass
of novel readers. M. Lemaitre felt the revolt of a scholar of
refined tastes and delicate instincts against the overpowering
popularity of M. Ohnet s empty triviality, and in a...
|Country of origin:
• Brander Matthews
||246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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